Being HIV positive and do not know it

by Letizia Orlandi - 2012.10.19

In Spain, 40,000 people do not know about their HIV status. The situation is dangerous as it can become epidemic. On the day dedicated to the diagnostic test, the Iberian authorities launched a campaign to encourage citizens to do an examination before the disease takes hold. Only a very small percentage of sufferers, between 5 and 10%, is able to control the infection without drugs. Others experience a gradual decline of the defenses and compromise their immune system. Through the diagnosis of a dozen pathological manifestations, such as pneumonia, tuberculosis, candidiasis, HIV will be found too late. That’s what has happened in Spain in 2010 - the last year for which complete data were provided by the National Plan. Out of 2,907 diagnosis, in 45.4% of cases the virus already progressed to AIDS.

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