In May 2018, Sebastian Pinera's government presented the National HIV Plan due to the increasing incidence in our country. According to the Public Health Institute (ISP), between 2010 and 2017 people with HIV increased by 96%.
The Ministry of Health (Minsal) plan includes three strategies, one of which is the implementation of rapid tests in primary care centers throughout the country. The primary goal of this measure is to reach young people under the age of 29, the group with the largest increase in zero positive people.
However, groups and patients reported that the time for these tests at family health centers (Cesfam) is more than seven hours, according to the slogan. Mercury
Also, according to Mathias Marin, a member of the circle of HIV students, "the main problem that exists with regard to the rapid tests in Cesfam and the public system as a whole is that it is not yet available throughout the country." .
"In fact, we received complaints from people from different parts of Santiago and from several places in Chile, like Concepcion or North, that people are approaching the offices that appear on the Minsal list and tell them that they do not have a quick test there, they also have no information about what this test is. "
The National HIV Plan also looks at strategies, communication campaigns and the increase in the number of HIV centers, similar to that in Florida, along with the intensification of prevention plans.
Finally, until September last year, ISP registered more than five thousand new cases of HIV. In addition, according to the latest UNAIDS report, Chile is one of the ten countries in the world where the number of zero positive people has increased the most.