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Mobile units of AIDS rapid test will be carried all capitals

Target audience is gay men who have sex with men and transvestites, but the test can be done by anyone

 
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The Ministry of Health will provide by the end of 2014, mobile units and free rapid testing of HIV / AIDS to all 27 state capitals of Brazil. The target audience of the trailer are gay, men who have sex with men and transvestites, but the test can be done by anyone interested.

Today (27), the ministry launched a trailer in Rio de Janeiro. The cities of Brasilia, Recife and Sao Paulo already rely on voluntary testing equipment, which is part of Project I Do, initiated in 2011 by the non-governmental organization (NGO) Area Humane Care and Prevention (Epah), with support from U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Department of STD, AIDS and Viral Hepatitis of the Ministry of Health

The deputy director of the Department of STD / AIDS and Viral Hepatitis, Eduardo Barbosa, who attended the inauguration of the new trailer, explained that the work is being developed in partnership with state and local governments. "We are acquiring 12 trailers for capital headquarters of the games since the Confederations Cup. And by the end of 2014 we intend to build this structure to serve the public especially for gays, transvestites, sex workers, but also to the general public.

In Rio, the trailer will be the second point of counseling and testing. The first works at the headquarters of the Rainbow Group, since 2011. Last year, the four cities in which the project operates (Brasilia, Recife, Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro), were held 8389 shares of counseling and testing, and 309 with positive results. Since the beginning of activities were conducted 15,237 tests in the four capitals.

Often, the stigma and discrimination prevent these people to be seen in the public

Besides the tests, the team working on the trailer gives information and support to the most vulnerable to the disease. The project coordinator, Beto de Jesus explained that the initiative has given the capillarity Unified Health System (SUS), it reaches people who generally are afraid to suffer prejudice and avoid public to take the exam. We work with alternative schedules, night, on Sundays, when health facilities are closed. And let's also where the population is. Often, the stigma and discrimination prevent these people to be seen in the public.

The neighborhoods of Lapa and Madureira, sites identified as having the greatest frequency of this public in Rio, will have the trailer twice a week, always in the evening, for five hours.

The mobile unit team consists of ten people: a coordinator, two counselors, four teachers, two phlebotomists (who test) and the driver. Although the result exit at around 15 minutes, the whole conversation and counseling process takes approximately one hour.

In case of a positive result, the person is referred to a public health unit. For Bob, the fact that the counselors and phlebotomists are employees of a health unit (federal, state or municipal) contributes to a debate within their own communities and to reducing prejudice. These employees tend to indicate the person reagent test for the unit where they work and create a better situation for these patients. After the experience in the trailer, these employees return to service with another head, he added.

Data from the Ministry of Health late last year showed that about 530 000 people living with HIV / AIDS in Brazil. About 255,000 are unaware they have the disease.

Source: AGÊNCIA BRASIL
   Palavras-chave:   Rapid test for AIDS    HIV    Patrols    Gays    Homosexuals    Ministry of Health   
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