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"Know your status" – not only on World AIDS Day 2018


"Know your status" – not only on World AIDS Day 2018

Saturday, December 1, is World AIDS Day – the best time to be tested free in Linz.

In Austria, at least one new HIV diagnosis is done daily. For many years, the number of these HIV-positive tests initially was at a similar level. According to Aidshilfe, 510 new HIV-positive diagnoses were recorded in 2017.

There are currently about 1,600 people living with HIV in Upper Austria. "Everyone should know their HIV status so they can begin early therapy for HIV infection." Receiving treatment in the shortest time will improve the quality of life and life expectancy. "In addition, people receiving HIV-effective therapy will not be able to treat HIV transferred," says Erik Pfefferkorn of Aidshilfe Austria Upper.

Try it for free

On World AIDS Day, on Saturday, December 1, interested in the 47-year-old Linzer Club (Schillerstraße 49), can be tested free of charge at 21:00 for HIV and syphilis. On Monday, December 3, Aidshilfe Oberösterreich organizes a symposium with experts and stakeholders on the subject in New Town Hall in Linz, starting at 9:15.

Despite advances in the fight against HIV, 25% of people around the world do not know they are HIV-positive. Last year, around 9.4 million people were living with the HI virus on Earth without knowing it, according to a recent UNAIDS report from the United Nations. However, in 2015, the quota was still 33%.

In Germany, according to the Robert Koch Institute estimates, about 13% who have no idea about a HI infection. In Austria, the situation is likely to be similar. According to this fact, the situation in West and Central Africa is particularly problematic: although only 6% of the global population lived there, one third of the approximately 9.4 million people were infected with HIV in ignorance. Estimates are obtained by UNAIDS through modeling of data.

In addition, in more than half of HIV-infected people worldwide, the virus is not suppressed in the blood, the report says. This may be due to the fact that a patient is not being treated or the treatment fails. Thus, if HIV is not properly suppressed, the patient can transmit the virus. (Bar)

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