The multifaceted struggle against the HIV epidemic in Irkutsk region continues to bear fruit.
Since the beginning of the year, more than 560,000 people in the region responded to the HIV test call. Thus, the AIDS Center has already succeeded in exceeding the annual targets of this Socially Important Disease Prevention State Strategy. Overfilling of tasks assigned to the region is also indicated in the clinical examination and treatment of the HIV-positive population. 59.7% of registered HIV-positive individuals receive antiretroviral drugs. Thus, since 2015, the proportion of dispensary group therapy has increased by 92% in the case of 31% of this indicator.
Experts helped alleviate the ongoing epidemics in the region, experts say: In January-September, the incidence of HIV infection in Baykal region was 8.9%, while AIDS death rate decreased 32.5%. More rarely, according to doctors, the transmission of the human immunodeficiency virus from the mother to the child has also occurred: from the beginning of the year, it was recorded in only 1.1% of children born in this particular category of pregnant women.
Em First of all, we can't imagine that we'll have such impressive results a few years ago, ey says Yulia Plotnikova, chief physician at the AIDS Center. and by the end of next year we were given the task of reaching 65% therapy levels. "
Despite the dramatic changes in the epidemic process, the situation with the HIV infection in the Irkutsk region remains tense. According to AIDS Center employees, in order to get rid of the consequences of the strong outbreaks in the late 1990s, there is no need for mak silent epidemic ”in the beginning of 2000s and after, preventive activities from being interrupted and to expand continuously for the next 15 to 20 years. Currently, 28,000 people live in the region with a deficiency virus. The most common cause of new diseases is unprotected gender. They are responsible for all three of the four infections identified in the last five years.