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The Ministry of Health (Ssa) has highlighted a significant success in the fight against HIV, revealing that 94% of people under antiretroviral treatment have achieved suppression of the virus.

These data were shared by Alethse de la Torre Rosas, director of the National Center for the Prevention and Control of HIV and AIDS (Censida), in commemoration of World AIDS Day.

During the current administration, 85% of people diagnosed with HIV received antiretroviral treatment. Of these, 94% achieved virus suppression, which means they did not transmit the virus.

De la Torre Rosas emphasized that, despite the global number of 39 million people with HIV in 2022, according to the Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), new infections have decreased by 59% since its development in 1995. Furthermore, 86% of people living with HIV know their HIV status.

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The treatment not only prolongs the lives of those living with HIV but also gives them a quality of life similar to that of people without the infection.

It is important to emphasize that this treatment is free and available in public institutions throughout the country.

With a network of 1,521 first-level care centers, 356 second-level hospitals, and 41 third-level hospitals, SA focuses on the identification and comprehensive care of HIV, hepatitis, and other sexually transmitted diseases. infections (STIs).

Last year, more than 80% of people with HIV were tested for the hepatitis C virus, which ensured free access to treatment for this comorbidity. In addition, timely detection is enhanced with next-generation rapid tests for HIV, hepatitis C, syphilis, and tuberculosis.

Actively, the prevention of vertical transmission from pregnant women to newborns is emphasized through diagnostic tests and medical care.

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Although close to 20 thousand people will get HIV in 2022, this trend has remained strong since 2019. In total, 370 thousand people in Mexico live with HIV, with 80% consisting of adult men 15 years of age or older, 19% of adult women, and 1% of children under 15 years old.

Thanks to the joint work of Censida and the communities, detection, prevention, and comprehensive care services have been strengthened, resulting in a 23% reduction in deaths in 2022 compared to 2010.

For the prevention and treatment of HIV and other STIs, health services provide free supplies such as internal and external condoms, lubricants, pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), and post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP). Care is provided with a vision centered on people and their communities, promoting human rights without stigma or discrimination.

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Antiretroviral treatment is guaranteed, universal, and free for those living with HIV, regardless of their nationality. People on the move receive support and accompaniment to get comprehensive care during their stay in the national territory.

Censida also provides financial support to cisgender and transgender women to facilitate their transfer to special care centers in 32 states through the Banco del Bienestar, with reducerriers to access and improve adherence to antiretroviral treatment.

In his conclusion, the head of Canada emphasized the importance of the ollaboration of community leaders, academia, civil society organizations, health institutions, and federal entities in the control of new HIV infections and active participation in drinking public policies in their implementation.