One out of three people with HIV in Latin America does not know their disease


One in three people living with HIV in Latin America do not know, especially because of their stigma; This disease and culture does not interfere with it, said Carlos Magis, from the National Center of Mexico for the prevention and control of HIV / AIDS (Censida).

"There is still a delay in the review that today today has a high expectation of a person who has been proven and treated in the future", said Magis, a comprehensive care director for Censida.

The doctor explained, with the current remedies, Life expectancy is up to 40 years in people infected with this virus.

Brenda Crabtree Ramírez, local president of the International AIDS Association (AIDS) Violence, stigma and inequality for access prevention and information are the most important obstacles to recover.

"It's a fact that we do not face this anti-AIDS infection can not be effectively attacked", he said.

Experts said that there was The only ones found are mostly heterosexual men and older people.

"In particular in this last group, they see they are at risk because stigma is good about this disease", said Juan Sierra, head of the division of the physics at the Medical Zoological Medical and Nutrition Sciences Institute of Salvador Zubirán.

In Mexico, according to Censida data, slightly larger than 141,000 people currently have retroviral cure and since 1996 dying has declined, although there are still 5,000 deaths annually for this disease.

"With the remedies we offer at the Ministry of Health, patients have been better and 51% of those detected and managed by viral reduction in six months "said Magis.

He said that One of the difficulties facing the department is that food exams are still not available to the population, which countries such as the United States are available to anyone who wants to get a quick test.

He said that healing costs would be less helpful in countries such as Mexico, where he was The cost of HIV treatment brings a third part of Seguro Popular's contingent cost of property.

"Public policies should aim to improve access to treatment and one of the options for lower costs, Make sure you get combined medicines and allow more medicines to treat Mexico, "he said.

He explained in areas such as Africa, that the cost of handling is $ 100 a year, because the cure is based on a general revival; long as it is In Mexico, the cost amounts to 2,000 dollars to be based on patent medicines.

Sierra said the HIV is a patient In Mexico, as well as stigma and discrimination, it has to oppose an unmistakable health system to continue the cure.

"Unfortunately, our health system is isolated and it is not very useful for people who have diseases that need to be treated for life. Sometimes institutions are the obstacles to continuity that need in HIV treatment"he said.

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