Monday , September 26 2022

To be worried: adults over the age of 29 are at the time of the HIV test


While there is an increasing concern among the Chileans and Chileans to carry out the HIV test, adults over the age of 29 are still ten in this regard. This is one of the conclusions of the "Let's talk about HIV?" Survey. Completed by the Chilean Association for Family Protection (Aprofa).

The instrument, which seeks to know the experiences, habits and behaviors regarding knowledge, prevention and care about HIV, was applied last November and was answered by 679 people anonymously and online.

Of all the respondents, 37.3 percent said that there has never been an HIV screening test. In addition, 23 people indicated that they were living with HIV (3.4 percent), while 78.4 percent responded to be seronegative. Also, 18.2 percent, that is, 123 people, declares not knowing.

However, when reading these results, the Executive Director of Aprofa, Débora Solís, warns that "it is necessary to take into account that the people who are most tested are the people between 20 and 29 years old, and the group represents 65.1 Percent of the sample, so if we take this age bracket, the rate of completion of the exam goes down considerably. "

In fact, most people who responded to the survey are between 20 and 29 years old, with 442 participants, equivalent to 65.1 percent of the sample. In any case, this age group is the most positive, since according to the latest results is the most likely population to acquire HIV.

Action needed

At this point, Solís warns that, taking into account 90/90/90 goals of the UN AIDS and WHO, which are proposed that by 2020 90 percent of the people living with him HIV know their serological status, there is a long stretch to go.

"Based on the total sample, only 45.2 percent have done the test last year, so we have a lot to advance in sexual education and prevention of the virus," he said. has indicated

In this scenario, Solís points out that "they must design communication campaigns that represent all people and not just the so-called" risk "ones, who have a comprehensive, rights-based and gender-based approach; where the focus is on education and not so much on taking the test, since the diagnostic exam, but does not provide. "

He also argues that the recommendations are "to generate public policies on comprehensive sexual education mainly in educational establishments based on gender and human rights, integrating the entire school community into the process."

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