Currently there’s a massive influx of articles related to people who are suffering from Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) that have been published by the Honduran press. This is a translation of one coming from La Prensa.
Every two days a person’s death is attributed to the Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS). This data is based off of averages coming from the secretary of health which states that nearly 200 people die every year which rounds out to more or less 16 deaths a month.
This deadly virus is transmitted by sexual relations or blood transfusions of infected blood. Children can occasionally be infected by drinking breast milk from mothers who have the disease. So far this year more than 200 people have been infected with AIDS. The data coming from the secretary of health says that in all of the newly registered cases this year the majority have been asymptomatic cases with some 119 cases not registering any symptoms yet.
Some 87 people have registered symptoms of AIDS and have been told that they are at high risk of death. The majority of cases this year are men. According to the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) there appears to have been a 11% increase in new infections. In the last five years the average of new cases of AIDS is around 900. The total number of people who are suffering from AIDS throughout the country is 34,549 people.
Those Who Are The Most Affected:
The populations most affected by the sickness are men who have sex with men, transgender people, sex workers, and the Garifuna. The areas most affected are: San Pedro Sula, Puerto Cortes, and Choloma, in the department of Cortes. Distrito Central in Francisco Morazan, Choluteca, La Ceiba, and Tela in Atlantida. The diagnosis tests to confirm the presence of AIDS can be taken in 655 health centers throughout the country.
54 clinics of Integral Attention Service (SAI) distribute antiretroviral treatment, one of the principal treatments of HIV and AIDS.
In just the SAI section of the University Hospital School (HEU) they treat 60 patients a month. “Within SAI they offer psychology support. There are doctors, nurses, pharmacologists, psychologists, social works, and a self-support group for survivors of AIDS who want to support each other and inform each other and other survivors about the illness and treatment. Says Elvia Ardon the director general of the Normalization of Health department who is also the president of the National Commission of Turno.
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