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Association: around 3,3000 people know of their HIV infection but receive no treatment

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUHIV remains a serious problem in Latvia – around 3,300 people are aware of their status but receive no treatment and continue spreading the infection. Because of that, it is necessary to act quickly for Latvia to lose its status as HIV kingdom and limit the spread of the infection, says Baltic HIV Association, informing decision-makers and responsible officials in institutions and hospitals about the HIV/AIDS situation.

The association says three measures are of immediate importance. This includes cancelling existing restrictions on commencement of treatment (500 CD4) to make medicine accessible to all HIV patients. It is also necessary to improve accessibility of infectologists at Latvia’s Infectology Centre and create a system for individual patient interviews to raise treatment accessibility and queuing.

The association believes it is necessary to increase the role of HIV preventive measures office in HIV diagnosis and increased treatment accessibility, sending people with positive HIV tests to a healthcare institution and ensuring free confirmation of diagnosis and queuing at an infectologist.

«The beginning of the year came with positive news for HIV patients in regards to treatment accessibility. Now we see the number of patients receiving treatment has not increased as rapidly as it should have. This means we have to cooperate more actively than before. We have to look for new ways to increase the number of patients receiving treatment. We turn to decision-makers, officials of Healthcare Ministry, and other institutions. We ask them to think that the situation will not change with an attitude of ‘we have money and we have a plan – is that not enough?’ and HIV will continue spreading,» says Baltic HIV Association manager Inga Upmace.

Upmace says to limit HIV spread in the world, there is a UNAIDS goal 90-90-90, which is to be reached by 2020: 90% of HIV patients have to be diagnosed, 90% of them have to be provided with treatment, and treatment for 90% of them has to be effective.


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