In Picardown, the San Francisco de Mostazal municipality, Seremi de Salud, in cooperation with the OG of the Higgins Health Service, officially started taking Rapid HIV testing at the regional level, where there were 38 young indigenous people, of which five thousand were already available to apply them within this year.
These healthcare operations will be carried out in 33 municipalities in the region, where, depending on demand, several emergency HIV tests will be conducted in the first half of 2019, and the messages will be strengthened to make people aware, made and tested using the condom properly.
Health Seremi O & # 39; Higgins, dr. Rafael Borgono, was present at a youth meeting of indigenous peoples in the macro-central zone, able to interact with the youth, commenting that "in this first case we had a positive answer, for the same we are convinced that the Rapid Test will reach all the people who It's needed in the region, breaking barriers, simplifying procedures and improving access, which is within the priorities of the government of President Sebastian Pinner. "
Ana Maria San Martin, National Program Manager of the HIV and STI Program of the Ministry of Health, attended the event; Francisca Prado, in charge of HIV and STI Program Seremi de Salud O'Higgins; and Catherine Leiva, in charge of the HIV Health Care Program, emphasizing to others that "knowing whether a person has HIV is allowing us to start treatments on time".
It is important to note that in the region of Higgins, between 2007 and December 2017, 1,309 cases were reported, and from January 2018 to September 2018, 149 confirmed cases. In 2010, 102 cases were reported, and in 2017, 164 cases were confirmed, an increase of 61%.
"Rapid HIV Test" is a research test used to diagnose HIV and has a specificity of 100%. This is done by chest finger and blood drop extraction, which is then placed in the device and after 15 minutes of waiting, the result is delivered to the patient. If the person who performed it delivered as a reactive result, it is coordinated with the health insurance team to conduct the ELISA test, which must be confirmed by the Public Health Institute (ISP).
This test does not require a medical order or preparation for taking an exam, the requirement is to carry an ID card, can be taken over by those older than 14, in the case of a minor up to 14 years of age, but with the consent of the parent or guardian legally