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The Department of Health launches campaign evihtalo, if positive, is negative if, on the occasion of World AIDS Day which is celebrated today (01/12/2009)

The councilman of Health, Trini Cayuela, on the occasion of World AIDS Day, has launched a new campaign to fight AIDS and Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), stressing the importance of early diagnosis and the best way to fight the spread of the disease.

Cayuela Trini has described as fundamental, "working to reduce barriers to early diagnosis," and when it is positive, "facilitating access to treatment, care and ongoing prevention services, as only this will reduce the incidence and spread of this disease. "

On the occasion of World AIDS Day to be held on Tuesday 1 December, the Department of Health has joined the campaign promoted by the Ministry of Health to develop a series of activities aimed to inform, awareness and facilitate the prevention, care and treatment to HIV positive people.

Under the slogan, "EVIHTALO, and if positive, in case it negative," the campaign aims to recall the responsibility of every person on HIV prevention.

The mayor said that "the percentage of people who were not aware of being infected with HIV in Murcia, until they were diagnosed with AIDS was 47 percent in 2008, despite the annual increase Tests for antibodies HIV, which in that year rose above the 60,000. "

He recalled that the Region has the "Quick Test", a visually read test that provides results in about 20 minutes by removing blood from a finger prick or through saliva.

This test, Trini Cyauela recalled, "facilitates early diagnosis and its use is spreading, especially in people with difficulty accessing traditional services."

Similarly, reported that the Ministry of Health, through the Directorate General of Public Health, has acquired about 300 kits for the "rapid test" in recent months to strengthen the activities of the associations.

Next to these also bought another 5,000 anti-AIDS kits and a total of 370,000 condoms.

The mayor said that in recent years other priority needs is to "gather information to improve planning, management and evaluation of preventive activities on the transmission of HIV."

Therefore, the Department of Health will participate in this campaign, which begins today with the allocation and distribution of posters, brochures and bookmarks that will be distributed at local authority offices, pharmacies, health centers, hospitals, institutes and colleges , among others.

Finally, the mayor recalled the toll-free information about the disease (900,706,706), launched from Health and developed by the Unit of Prevention and Health Education on AIDS, which has occurred since its inception and until September 2009, a total of 8,770 calls.

Source: Ayuntamiento de Totana

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