Number of AIDS cases doubled in Yucatán

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So far, the number of cases of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) has doubled compared to the figure registered throughout 2017. According to the census of the epidemiological surveillance of the federal Ministry of Health, the state has registered 58 cases of AIDS, more than twice as the 26 registered in the same study during the whole year 2017.

Recently, the census of the Ministry of Health recorded four new cases. 50 of the 58 cases correspond to men, and only eight to women.

Related to asymptomatic infections caused by the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), the 2017 figure was also exceeded in the first three months of 2018, as between January and March, 129 cases were recorded, while last year they were only 85. Again, most of the patients infected are men (117), while only 12 are women.

In Yucatan, there are no complete programs that address sexually transmitted diseases. Despite the efforts of the State Health Department, these have not been sufficient.

According to the epidemiological surveillance data of the SSY, 5,160 individuals carry HIV and/or AIDS in the state. In 2016, 598 cases were reported; in their preliminary report of 2017 they diagnosed 479.

Between 2012 and 2017, 1, 096 people were diagnosed, according to the SSY. In the historical record, from 1983 to 2017, the municipality of Mérida is a the top of the list with 5,386 cases of either HIV or AIDS; Kanasín registered 271 and Progreso 253. In 2015, 106 people died from AIDS, that is, a mortality rate of 4.8 per 100,000 inhabitants.

Other sexually transmitted diseases, such as acquired syphilis, also registered an increase in just three months. In Yucatan, in 2017 there were 14 cases, but now, between January and March 2018, the total is 61. Men are again the majority with 45 cases, while 21 cases were reported in women.

The urogenital candidiasis also increased in three months, because 250 cases were registered in 2017 and so far this year 299 have been recorded, 31 of them were reported just last week.

Source: lajornadamaya.mx



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