240 new cases of AIDS infected have been detected since the beginning of the year so far. This was announced by Dr Tonka Varleva, Director of the Program "Prevention and Control of HIV / AIDS" at the Ministry of Health.
With them the total number of seropositive people from 1983, when the first case was established in Bulgaria, they are slightly more than 2,700 people, "said Dr Verleva, quoted by Monitor. According to her, the newly discovered cases are incomparably less than in most European countries. Last year, 242 people were diagnosed with the AIDS virus for the same period.
Nearly 79 million people have been infected with HIV since 35 years ago. More than 35 million have died as a result of developing the disease. Data show that the most vulnerable age groups are young people who are already beginning to lead a sex life from 15 to 19 years and people in active age from 20 to 44 years of age.
Our country is well versus other countries with regard to the infection. It is 5.7 per 100,000 in our country, while in other countries it is 2.8 per 100,000 people, the expert said, and recalled that retrovirus treatment is provided free of charge in Bulgaria.
In 1996, three-component antiretroviral therapy was introduced, thanks to which the life of the infected people increases by over 20 years. Factors that interfere with treatment are alcohol or high levels of stress, for example.
Approximately BGN 20,000 comes from the treatment of one infected with the AIDS virus per year. Depending on its condition and the dose and combination of antiretroviral therapy, the amount may vary, but only marginally. At BGN 300,000, the treatment rate of one infected for 15-20 years is the same as the survival rate of the HIV virus.
Flu-like symptoms two weeks after infection suggest the infection, reminded doctors. In the next five to eight, even ten years, it is asymptomatic. When the virus reaches high levels in the body, frequent concomitant infections with other diseases, such as fungus are the most common.
Free and anonymous AIDS virus tests will be conducted by November 30 in 27 cities across the country. They are part of the European Week of HIV testing and viral hepatitis. Testing and consultation will be in cities Blagoevgrad, Burgas, Varna, Veliko Tarnovo, Vidin, Vratsa, Gabrovo, Dobrich, Kardzhali, Kyustendil, Lovech, Montana, Pazardzhik, Pernik, Pleven, Plovdiv, Razgrad, Silistra, Sliven, Smolyan, Sofia, Sofia district, Stara Zagora, Targovishte , Haskovo, Shumen and Yambol.