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AIDS patients admitted to the Rambam Medical Center in Haifa doubled between 2008 and 2017, according to a study published in honor of 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 medicines, breakthrough treatments, comprehensive studies, and completely new treatment concepts that make the disease chronic and treatable," said Drs. Eduardo Shachar, director of the AIDS Institute in Rambam. "But to our regret There are groups in the population who are either complacent or shy or unaware of any treatment, and the message is clear and important – you need to be checked for your own health and the health of your fellow human beings."
Since September 2018, 90 more patients have been diagnosed.
The report also found that 60 of these patients were likely carriers of the disease because they did not know and were not diagnosed until hospitalized.
On World AIDS Day, we are reminded of the need for public education to ensure the early detection and treatment of HIV / AIDS. Richard Hirschhaut, National Executive Director of the American Friends of Rambam Medical Center.
T This is part of a larger global trend that affects more people with HIV each year. Despite efforts to reduce the spread of the disease, HIV patients have increased dramatically in the last 10 years. This is mainly due to the increase in the virus in low resource countries.
Around 19.6 million people were living with HIV in eastern Africa and South Africa in 2017, while only 22,000 were living with HIV in the Middle East and North Africa.
Specifically in Ethiopia, approximately 610,000 children and adults were living with HIV. While it is difficult in the former Soviet Union to find out all people living with HIV, in modern Russia from 2017 there were 1,000,000 people with the virus.
HIV or Human Immunodeficiency Virus is a virus that can lead to AIDS-acquired immunodeficiency syndrome. HIV attacks the immune system and prevents the body from fending off infections. If HIV is not treated and too many cells are destroyed that prevent the body from defending itself, it is likely that this person has AIDS. This makes the body defenseless against other viruses.
"Unaware of the disease, untreated and diagnosed during hospitalization after developing complications of immunodeficiency, they have spent a long time with medical insecurity until they receive the correct diagnosis," explains Shacher.
The day is celebrated on the 1st of December.
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