A new approach to HIV/ AIDS treatment in the Amazonas

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With assistance from the Ministry of Health (Minsa), communities of the Amazonas Region of Peru are receiving an improved approach to the important issue of HIV/ AIDS. Free screening, antiretroviral treatment and prevention programs have been under way since March 2014. Together with the Regional Health Authority of the Amazonas (Diresa), Minsa hopes to implement not just prevention and therapy programs, but to break down common myths and fear of talking about the issue of HIV/ AIDS.

And so far, the communities of the Amazonas Region seem to be receptive to the programs offered.

Since 2013, Minsa has reported that the number of residents from the Amazonas Region tested for HIV/ AIDS has increased. As reported by Andina, “the number of people screened for HIV / AIDS increased by 48 percent in 2013 over the previous year and is expected to grow by 24 percent this year”.

Through the General Directorate of the Peoples’ Health, Minsa has been able to offer trainings to Condorcanqui residents, as well as provide multidisciplinary teams to give attention to those affected by the sexually transmitted diseases.

There is no reason for a person living with HIV to not receive the free antiretroviral treatment,” states Carlos Benites Villafane, Minsa’s coordinator of the Strategy for HIV / AIDs. Villaface emphasizes that no matter if “patients are of the Awajun or Wampis ethnicity or come from the Achu or Huampami communities they can access medicines in the Santa Maria de Nieva Hospital,” located in the province of Condorcanqui.Cost-free and accessible options are becoming a reality in the jungle.

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