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In recent days it was announced that the detection of HIV in Jalisco during the last 4 years has increased twice more, that is 200 percent. In 2015 there was a total of 270 cases, while in 2018 there was a total of 479, according to the information from the Health Secretary of Jalisco. In Out & About PV we wanted to know if this numbers are a matter to alert the population of Puerto Vallarta, Solidaridad Ed Thomas Civil Association’s Executive Director Francisco Arjona gave us more information on this subject.
SETAC team explained that they are detecting more and more cases every day. “If the number of detections increases, it does not mean that there is an increase in the number of people who acquire HIV, but those who already live with HIV for a long time are being found.” They also added that in order to find the new cases, it would be necessary to identify how many tests are being carried out annually and from those tests, what percentage are reactive.
There is a greater openness on the part of the population to approach and perform tests in their health centers and in our Wellness Center, the demand has grown and that makes earlier diagnoses compared to 10 years ago when people did not know about where to take a test, we did not have the reach we have now thanks to the speed and effectiveness of the regular rapid tests and the 4th Generation tests that decrease the waiting time to know the status of a person.
Some of the measures that SETAC is taking in terms of prevention are the following: “We do services in a comprehensive manner: it is not enough to just do the test, then comes the accompaniment and the canalization, until we make sure that the person will initiate an immediate medical treatment once they receive a reactive result. This is done with anyone of any nationality. We offer the information and advice according to their situation and the institution that corresponds to them. We always suggest to keep in contact with SETAC for any doubt, additional information and even psychological support or self-support group.
Go to “Your Community Center” in Aldanaca 178-4A and 4B, Col. Versalles or make your appointment from Monday to Friday from 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm and Saturdays from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm at tel ( 322) 224 1974 or to the email firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also go to the SETAC Wellness Center Zona Romantica at Lázaro Cárdenas 379, Col. Emiliano Zapata, or make an appointment from Monday to Friday from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm and Saturdays from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm to tel (322) 224 1974 or to the email email@example.com