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AIDS patients admitted to the Rambam Medical Center in Haifa doubled between 2008 and 2017, according to a study published to commemorate International AIDS Day.
The majority of the 136 AIDS patients were immigrants from Ethiopia (37 percent) and the former Soviet Union (29 percent).
“Today there are new drugs, groundbreaking treatments, comprehensive studies and brand new treatment concepts that make the disease chronic and manageable,” says Dr. Eduardo Shachar, Head of the AIDS Institute in Rambam. “But to our regret, there are groups in the population who work out of self-esteem, shame or are unaware that the treatment is available. The message is clear and important – for your own health and the health of those around you, you must be checked.”
Since September of 2018, 90 more patients have been diagnosed.
The report also found that 60 of these patients were likely to bear the disease because they did not know and were not diagnosed until they were hospitalized.
“On this World AIDS Day, we remind you that public education is needed to ensure early detection and treatment of HIV / AIDS,” Richard Hirschhaut, National Executive Director of the American Friends of Rambam Medical Center.
T Hans is part of a larger global trend, where more people are getting HIV every year. Despite efforts to reduce the spread of the disease and the virus number of HIV patients has increased dramatically over the past 10 years. This is largely due to the increase in the virus in countries with few resources.
Some 19.6 million people lived with HIV in 2017 in East and South Africa, while only 22,000 people lived with HIV in the Middle East and North Africa.
In Ethiopia, specifically, approximately 610,000 children and adults lived with HIV. Although it is complicated to calculate all living with HIV in the former Soviet Union, today Russia, since 2017, there were 1,000,000 people with the virus.
HIV or human immunodeficiency virus, is a virus that can lead to AIDS, acquired immune deficiency syndrome. HIV attacks the immune system and stops the body from combating infections. If HIV is not treated and destroyed for many cells that prevent the body from defending itself, it is likely that this person will have AIDS. This leaves the body defenseless against other viruses.
“They are not aware of the disease, are not treated and diagnosed during hospitalization after developing complications of immune deficiency, have spent significant time with medical insecurity until they get the correct diagnosis,” explained Shacher.
International AIDS Day is reminded on December 1.
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