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The period chosen was World Day to Combat AIDS. At least 10% of virus carriers in the state are unaware of infection

 
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Folders Firque Knowing the campaign, which began on Sunday (25) The goal is to achieve by December 1, World Day to Combat AIDS, at least 40,000 HIV rapid tests, plus tests for syphilis and viral hepatitis
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Folders Firque Knowing the campaign, which began on Sunday (25)
The goal is to achieve by December 1, World Day to Combat AIDS, at least 40,000 HIV rapid tests, plus tests for syphilis and viral hepatitis

At least 10% of São Paulo with HIV do not know they have the disease, estimates the state Department of Health. Aiming to reduce the unreported cases, enable early diagnosis and appropriate treatment to promote patient will be made until December 1, World Day to Combat AIDS, at least 40,000 HIV rapid tests. The fifth edition of the Campaign Stay Knowing will also do tests for syphilis and viral hepatitis.

The tests are available throughout the year in various health services. The campaign aims to encourage and publicize the service, but that period is over, the tests will still be available in various units, explained Gianna Maria Clara, coordinator of the State Program of STD / AIDS secretariat. In Sao Paulo, 526 municipalities are involved in the action. In all, should be made approximately 200,000 procedures.

According to the coordinator, the test is aimed at the whole population, but more are encouraged to do so that people are part of so-called vulnerable groups, such as men who have sex with men, homosexuals and people who have high-risk behavior, such as not using condoms during sexual intercourse. We're not talking in a risk group. We speak of a population that is more vulnerable, he adds.

She cites, as studies in São Paulo, that the percentage of gay men infected is between 10% and 15%. Hence the importance of this population to take the test this time as well, justified. Between 1980 and June 2012 were 217,390 reported cases of AIDS in the state. Although the number of deaths has decreased, eight people die each day from the disease, said Gianna. Per year are about 3 thousand AIDS deaths in São Paulo.

The coordinator stressed that the test is simple: with only three holes on the fingertip, in case a person chooses to take the tests for the three diseases, it is possible to know the HIV status of the patient in just 30 minutes. In some units there is a collection of blood in an amount slightly larger, because these tests can now be sent in case of hepatitis and syphilis, for confirmatory testing. Unlike HIV, these diseases require confirmation, explains.

Although the results of the rapid test be ready in a much shorter time than the conventional examination, which takes around 15 days, the return is reliable. Quickly, you can get rid of the weight of the doubt. Often, people get years and years so: will I hold, will not I? It's good to get rid of the suspicion, suggests coordinator. Moreover, she points out that early diagnosis makes treatment more effective and allows the interruption of transmission from mother to child, as well as partners.

To choose one of the 2000 health units participating in the campaign, the user can access the website or call the www.crt.saude.sp.gov.br Dial STD / AIDS 0800,162,550.

Source: AGÊNCIA BRASIL
   Palavras-chave:   Knowing Stay Campaign    Stay Sabando    AIDS    HIV rapid tests    HIV tests    World Day to Combat AIDS   
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