Since 1988, UN agencies, governments and civil society have met every December 1 to advance certain fields related to the fight against AIDS. At the 30th anniversary, significant progress has been made in response to the virus and, to date, three out of four people living with HIV know their HIV status.
Víctor Bittar, head of the Provincial AIDS Program, said that Last year 360 new cases have been registered, one patient per day (from Monday to Friday) has notified the disease, which means that the stable number of the last 5 years is maintained.
"We have been on the plateau for years but the unfortunate thing is that the numbers have not diminished, they remain the same. It is important that preventive measures have been arranged in the province but it is also important to continue working and raising awareness," the specialist in question.
Discrimination is another thing that must be resolved. From the INADI delegation in Mendoza, they explained that In this province, cases of discrimination against people living with HIV / Aids cover 6% of the total number of consultations and complaints received during this year.
"If these numbers are maintained, comparisons with previous years will not show a significant difference, but they are still there," said Delegation chief Daniel Di Giuseppe who added: "The main areas where discriminatory actions against people have been developed are living with HIV / AIDS has become a job, followed by the health sector, both public and private. "
People who have experienced this kind of action can approach the INISA Delegation in Mendoza on Peltier Street 50, local 3, Mendoza City or communicate Monday to Friday from 8 to 16 to 4243182.
Activities to consider
There are many activities that will be carried out this year to commemorate World Response Day for HIV / AIDS, one of them will be held this Friday and consists of a campaign organized by the Provincial AIDS Program in all hospitals and health centers where condoms will be sent and tests will be made.
In addition, on Saturdays, in San Martín General Park, space for free counseling and testing will be proposed in HIV, syphilis, Hepatitis B and C, vaccination against Hepatitis B for everyone who wants to be tested and / or get information or advice. This activity will be carried out in front of the Rosedal from 9 to 13.30.
Also in the afternoon there will be games related to general themes and gymnastics classes.