"We have at least 50% of the population with HIV who don't know they live with a virus ", said Health Minister Emilio Santelices, amid a new portfolio campaign to detect new infections.
New cases grew 96% between 2010 and 2017, starting from 2,968 to 5,816, and fast test This can be a key part of preventing the spread.
Precisely, the authorities signed an agreement with 18 state universities, where they could promote information relating to prevention, promotion and access to rapid tests.
How to do it?
CHV News reporter, Iván Núñez, make a step-by-step test with one of the devices available on the market:
- Clean the finger surface that will be used to take the sample.
- The finger is pierced with the included needle and two to three drops of blood are removed.
- The sample is placed in a test and the results are expected in 15 minutes.
Self-test is a method for people to know whether they have HIV or not and so they can take action to avoid infecting others.
According to Minsal, Chile is one of 10 countries that have experienced increased transmission in the last 8 years. Condoms are included in the portfolio strategy: increasing access to male and female condoms, as well as the inclusion of drugs before exposure and post-exposure in the group with the greatest risk.