When AIDS began, sickness is a mystery. Not much was known about HIV / AIDS or how it could be treated. People died from the disease because they spread rapidly around the world.
Today, this is another story, people can live a long time even after diagnosis of AIDS, thanks to new treatment options.
One thing remains the same, people still need tests to know if they have it or not.
AIDS Jorgen has stopped and passed the torch in the new mobility program run by SIGN. This came with a $ 740 donation for the new program, as AIDS Jorcton closed his bills and wanted to support the programs that are happening now.
Vivian Lincoln, AIDS, Yorkton, said the decision to support the new SIGN program is naturally fit because the program continues the work they have done years ago.
The problem then was that people did not want to admit they had AIDS, and Lincoln admitted that they had to fight to make people believe that it was something that could affect them.
"At that time, they simply said it was the gay community that spread it. Of course, then the gay community got involved very actively, and people living with AIDS (PLWA) got involved very actively, went out there and trained I think it really helped get rid of this stigma.
While much work has been done, there is still an attachment to stigma and the disease is now associated with intravenous drug users. Candice Nelson, a social worker with SIGN, said that while it is a high-risk group, it is still a disease that can affect people who are not necessarily at risk, so it is important that everyone is tested. Although it is no longer a death sentence, the only way to deal with treatment is if people actually know they have the disease.
This region needs AIDS awareness because it has an outbreak in the former Sunrise health area, Nelson admits with a 800% increase in the number of new HIV patients in 2016 – about 16 new cases compared to a normal year when there were two. Part of the reason for this increase in patients is more comprehensive testing, she said, but this is also a clear example of why testing is needed.
"One in five people do not realize they have it, they pass it without realizing it, and after identifying these people they are treated or at least cared for."
For Nelson, her job is to get people to do the test, and she does not understand why someone will not get a test to stay safe.
"If you knew you had a cancer, you would like to have an early diagnosis of cancer, you would like to have early diabetes testing, you want to test early for hypertension, but for people, they prefer to accept that they do not. are you testing and using antiretroviral treatment? "
Getting money from AIDS Jorton means that the program can do more work outside, Nelson said.
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