Havana, December 2 (RHC).--- All patients in Cuba suffering from HIV – the Human Inmunodeficency Virus—have full right to receive antiretroviral medical treatment. These were recent comments of Juan Valdes, National Coordinator of the special support medical department established in Cuba for the treatment of the disease. Valdes was speaking on the occasion of December First, HIV/AIDS International Day
Valdes explained that all patients receive receive a roster of laboratory tests, surveillance and a full educational component. The department aims not only at the treatment of AIDS but also at educating the entire population on ways to prevent its spread.
The national program to control and prevent sexually transmitted diseases including HIV—AIDS, is conducted by a system of family doctors and nurses, by fully-staffed and stocked community polyclinics and health areas, as well as by all echela of Cuba´s public health system.
A special Public Health Department, known as Support Line, is charged with giving specialized personal care and counseling to HIV-AIDS victims and with assisting in their adequate quality of life in their communities.
According to the United Nations World Health Organization, at the end of 2012, 35.3 million HIV victims were registered worldwide.
Also in 2012, two million three hundred thousand people were newly infected by the virus, while one million six hundred thousand others died as a result of AIDS. Victims also include two million one hundred thousand adolescents.
Sub saharan Africa, where Sixty nine percent of all HIV/AIDS patients live, is the most affected region in the world, that is one out of every twenty adults.
Anti retroviral therapy is being received by close to ten million patients in low-income countries, but an estimated nineteen million still lack access to treatment.
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