As of July 14, 298 new cases of infection with Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) have been reported in Yucatán, 269 in men and 29 in women. In the case of Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS), 134 cases have been confirmed, 119 in men and 15 in women.
These figures surpass those of last year to the same date, when only 210 cases of HIV and 100 of AIDS were reported.
In the most recent report of the National Center for the Prevention and Control of HIV / AIDS (Censida), corresponding to the first quarter of 2018, Yucatán ranks second among the states with the highest rate of newly diagnosed HIV cases.
Campeche leads the HIV list, with 5.3 cases per 100,000 inhabitants; followed by Yucatán, with 3.4; Veracruz, with 3.2; Tabasco, with 3.1, and Colima, with 2.8.
As for AIDS, Campeche also ranks first, with 3.7 per 100,000 inhabitants. Next comes Yucatan, with 2.8; Morelos, with 2.3; Guerrero, with 2.1, and Baja California, with 1.8. According to the report of Censida, 4,964 people with AIDS live in Yucatán (4,205 men and 993 women).
Carlos Cabrera May, director of Fundación BAI, A.C., pointed out that despite the prevention measures that are being carried out, there is much to be done to prevent young people from continuing to contract sexually transmitted infections that, in case of complications, result in AIDS.
In regard to advances in treatment, generic antiretrovirals for patients with HIV / AIDS, which were recently included in the basic table of medicines by the General Health Council, met all the analyzes required to be approved by the health authorities.
It was in the early 80’s when the global scientific community accepted the existence of the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), which immediately became one of the main health concerns around the world.
In spite of the almost four decades that have passed since then, HIV / AIDS continues to be a serious problem worldwide, not only because of the high number of deaths that these deseases cause year after year, but also because despite the many investigations that have been carried out, it has not yet been possible to find a cure.
According to the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) annual report, 1.8 million new HIV patients were registered globally in 2017.
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