Thursday , June 1 2023

The Higgins health sector officially began the rapid HIV test


In the town of Picarquín, the San Francisco de Mostazal municipality, Seremi de Salud, in collaboration with the Higgins Health Service, officially began rapid HIV testing at the regional level, where 38 young people belonging to indigenous peoples were the first, out of five thousands of tests that are already available to apply within this year's deadline.

These health operations will be deployed in the 33 communities in the region where, depending on demand, more rapid HIV tests will be administered for the first semester of 2019, and messages are strengthened so people become aware, tested and use the condom correctly.

Sanader Seremi Higgins, Dr. Rafael Borgoño, was present at the youth meeting of the indigenous peoples of the Macro Central Region, being able to interact with young people, commenting that "in this first instance I had a positive answer for the same we are confident that the rapid test will reach all the people who need it in the region, break the barriers, simplify procedures and improve access, which falls within the priorities of President Sebastián Piñera's government. "

Ana María San Martín, the national director of the HIV and STI program of the Ministry of Health, was present at the event; Francisca Prado, responsible for the HIV and STI program of Seremi de Salud O'Higgins; and Catherine Leiva, responsible for the HIV Program of the Health Service, underlining that "knowing if a person has HIV allows us to start treatment in a timely manner."

It is important to note that 1,309 cases were reported in O'Higgins region from 2007 to December 2017, and from January 2018 to September 2018 there were 149 confirmed cases. In 2010, 102 cases were reported and 164 cases were confirmed in 2017, which corresponds to an increase of 61%.

"Rapid HIV Testing" is an experimental test used to diagnose HIV and has a 100% specificity. It is done by pricking a finger and drawing a drop of blood that is then placed in a device and after 15 minutes of waiting, the result is delivered to the patient. If the person who performed it was delivered as a reactive result, it is coordinated with the health team to perform an ELISA, which must be confirmed by the Public Health Institute (ISP).

This test does not require a medical order or training for the exam, the requirement is to pass the ID, it can be taken by those over the age of 14, and in the case of juveniles up to 14 can do so but with the permission of the parents or legal guardian.

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