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The Health Office advises on the World AIDS Day

by Adolf Albus

(27.11.2018) Also this year, the district office offers free HIV tests on World AIDS Day. On Monday, December 3, between 8:00 and 16:00, interested people have the opportunity to visit the HIV and AIDS counseling center without registering, as informed by Health Deputy Administrator and District Administrator Madlen Overdick.

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A serum tube used to draw blood in the HIV test and labels for samples.
Photo: MTK

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"The earlier an HIV infection is detected, the sooner you can start treatment. This can allow a majority of those affected to live a normal life," says Overdick.

After a conversation that discusses questions about the HIV test, as well as about contagion and disease, blood is taking place. The result of the blood test is available within seven days and will be discussed during personal collection at the health department. Both consultation and test can be done anonymously. Minors require the written consent of a legal guardian.

At the entrance of the district office, there are numerous informative brochures on AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases on 3 December. From 10 to 12, the consulting center employees are available for questions.

According to the information, 141 blood tests and 275 consultations with the health department were conducted in the last twelve months. Under no circumstances has HIV been detected.

As Overdick explains, self-tests were also available in pharmacies in October. Unlike the lab test offered at the health department, where diagnosis can be made earlier than six weeks after infection, a quick twelve week wait in these quick tests should be ensured to achieve a safe outcome. In case of a positive reaction, the patient should absolutely go through a confirmatory test in a specialized medical practice. Address the health department with.

The HIV & AIDS Counseling Center in the District Health Department offers open hours between 8.30 and 11.30 clock and Thursday from 13.30 to 17 hours of open consultation without registration. Employees can be contacted by phone (06192) 201-1144 or (06192) 201-1761. The information is also available on the Internet at www.mtk.org, as well as at www.welt-aids-tag.de.

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