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On World TB Day, tests to detect diseases will be offered free to public

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Rapid diagnostic test for HIV in São Paulo. Test results are obtained in about 1 hour
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Rapid diagnostic test for HIV in São Paulo. Test results are obtained in about 1 hour

On Friday (22), the Centre for Reference and Training (CRT) in STD / AIDS and the Instituto Clemente Ferreira promote rapid tests for detecting HIV, syphilis and tuberculosis in downtown São Paulo. Test results will be obtained in about 1 hour.

The action marks World TB Day and aims to encourage early diagnosis, especially among vulnerable populations (men who have sex with men, gay men, transvestites, transsexuals and sex workers). All these tests are simple, quick and painless, performed with privacy and confidentiality.

According to the director of the Instituto Clemente Ferreira, Aglae Gambirasio, as 12% of TB patients are infected with the AIDS virus in the state and it is important to offer HIV testing to the population.

The offering of HIV testing is part of treatment protocols for patients with tuberculosis and syphilis, there Aglaé.

Regarding AIDS, 217,390 cases were reported in the state between 1980 and June 2012. Although the level of new infections is stable and the death rate has been falling, continue to die of AIDS.

Testing is free and available throughout the public health system, explains Gianna Maria Clara, coordinator of the State Program STD / AIDS-SP.

Also be offered tests for syphilis. The disease can be transmitted through sexual intercourse, blood transfusion, direct contact with contaminated blood or from mother to child, which can cause serious harm to the baby. When not treated early, syphilis can compromise the health of the eyes, skin, bones, heart, brain and nervous system, and increase the risk of HIV transmission.

For information on locations that perform HIV status in the State of São Paulo just call the Dial STD / AIDS: 0800 16 25 50 or access the site.

<b> Commitment Letter to fight TB </ b>

On March 25, the Division of Tuberculosis of the State Department of Health will hold a meeting to renew the commitment to fighting this disease. The event will be in the downstairs auditorium of the State Department of Health (Av Dr Arnaldo, 351).

Municipal Health Secretaries will be asked to reaffirm their commitment to intensify tuberculosis control in their municipalities. Will be delivered Letter of Commitment signed in the presence of the Council of the Municipal Health

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