In Picharin, San Francisco de Montasal, Seremi de Salud, together with O'Higgins' health service, officially started HIV tests at a regional level where 38 young people belonging to indigenous peoples from the five thousand tests that are already available to be implemented this year.
These health operations will be carried out in the 33 municipalities of the region where, depending on the demand, several HIV tests will be run for the first half of 2019, and messages are getting stronger so people realize the test and use correct condoms.
Hi Seremi O Higgins, Dr. Rafael Borgo, attends the juvenile meeting of the indigenous population of Macro central zone, being able to interact with young people, commenting that "in this first instance we had a positive answer, we we are convinced that the Quick Test will reach all people who need it in the region, remove barriers, simplify procedures and improve access, which is within the priorities of the government of President Sebastian Pinera. "
Ana Maria San Martin, National Manager of the HIV and STI program of the Ministry of Health, attended the event; Francisco Prado, responsible for the Seremi de Salud HIV & AIDS Program, Higgins; and Catherine Liva, responsible for the HIV program at the health service, stressing that "knowing if a person has HIV allows us to start treatment in a timely manner."
It is important to note that 1 309 cases were reported in Oregon Higgins from 2007 to December 2017 and 149 cases were confirmed from January 2018 to September 2018. In 2010, 102 cases were reported and 164 cases were confirmed in 2017, an increase of 61%.
"The rapid HIV test" is a test that is used to diagnose HIV and has a 100% specificity. This is done by tapping and dropping a drop of blood, which is then placed in a device and after 15 minutes of waiting, the result is delivered to the patient. If the person who committed it is obtained as a reactive result, it agrees with the health team to perform an ELISA test to be confirmed by the Public Health Institute (ISP).
This test does not require a medical order or preparation for the exam, the requirement is to carry an ID card, it may be taken by persons over the age of 14, and in the case of juveniles up to 14 years of age, they may do so, but with the permission of parents or guardians legally.