Within the framework of the actions taken by the Ministry of Public Health, which oversees the Luis Medina Ruiz, An event was held at Avellaneda Hospital, where representatives from the National Ministry of Health and the province participated.
On that occasion, the head of the HIV, STI and Hepatitis Unit in the province, Claudia Lucena, explained: “At that time the situation of the HIV epidemic in Argentina and Tucumán was analyzed. A work table was established with supervisors of the first level of care, heads of operational areas and some selected services, which are already working to find answers to end the HIV epidemic until in the year 2030. We have a journey “This is what is important in this plan, but we need to study what are the obstacles to continue, especially in sectors where we know that the health system is heterogeneous. ”
“This is a space for exchange, where we will all be nurtured by the technical, national and provincial team. Surely, the answers we need will emerge to face this challenge. In the province, we are working hard to prevent mother-to-child transmission, but we know that we have a debt to some population that we call key, where the prevalence of HIV is still high and until now we have not been able to pay. to reach it for various reasons, among them, access to the problems of rapid tests or the generation of campaigns that are maintained over time,” he said.
Lucena added: “It is necessary to provide an intersectoral response, it is very clear, there is a biomedical component, which is developed in the health sector, basically what is called joint prevention, but it is not enough, the society and its representatives have to be included.. There are groups that are excluded and this means that they do not have access to the right to take a test, know their diagnosis and receive treatment. If negative, to receive the preventive counseling, which goes beyond the use of condoms. Currently, we have what is called prophylaxis, pre and post sexual exposure to HIV, which we only intend for cases of sexual assault or abuse, but it should be widespread .
In this regard, Soledad Sequeira, who is a lawyer and coordinator of the Human Rights and Civil Society Area of the Directorate of Response to HIV and ST, Viral Hepatitis and Tuberculosis, reported: “We came to join together, to celebrate the World HIV and AIDS Day, the strategies and lines of work they develop from the program. In these years, we have focused a lot on decentralization, on monitoring the law, on the best quality of care for people with HIV, understanding that it will create a better quality of life. From the area, we have a direct orientation to people, health groups, jurisdictional programs and other State and Civil Society organizations. Therefore, our focus is on access to clear and understandable information for the general population and for all organizations that intervene in the response.
The coordinator of the Assistance Area of the Directorate of HIV, STIs, Viral Hepatitis and Tuberculosis of the Ministry of Health of the Nation, Sergio Martini, commented that they came to collaborate in a project that they led from the province of Tucumán, to create an answer which is expressed in what HIV, STIs. In this type of activities, he indicated, we bring information, epidemiological data and technical support.
“We expressed this from the Country, within the direction, with the Human Rights area and other transversal areas, but also with the APS program at the national level and our jurisdictional counterparts are here. We have done a lot, but we know that there is still something missing, that we need to work on improving the indicators of late diagnosis, reducing the number of HIV infections and people with syphilis, creating faster access of diagnosis and quality treatment so that people have the best possible quality of life,” said Martini.
Regarding the indicators, the official explained that, as in the world, an increase in syphilis cases has been noted, so joint strategies between different actors should be evaluated to address the problem.