17th May- World AIDS Day!

The symbol of movement is a red ribbon. For the first time in history, this day was celebrated back in 1983 in San Francisco, USA.

 The goal is to honor the memory of AIDS victims, to inform society about the mechanisms of HIV transmission, methods of protection against infection and risk factors for infection.

 According to statistics from the Federal Scientific and Methodological Center for the Prevention and Control of AIDS, as of January 1, 2020, the total number of HIV-infected people in Russia amounted to 1.4 million people.

By the beginning of 2020, 24.9% of all registered HIV-infected Russians had died, while the number of patients who died as a result of HIV infection is constantly growing.

 Many people are sure that HIV does not concern them and it is not necessary to know their status. But a random connection, a tattoo made in youth, an injection with a non-sterile needle can become a source of infection.

 HIV for many years is gradually destroying the immune system (the body's protective system against external infections). Therefore, even with excellent health, confidence will give only a test, which is very easy to do once a year. Pregnant women must pass an HIV test 3 times while they carry the baby.

 To maintain your health, you need to be regularly monitored by a doctor, receive antiretroviral therapy (a specific treatment for HIV) that suppresses the activity of the virus, and is an effective prevention of diseases and complications that can develop due to HIV infection. To maintain the health of your partner - use condoms so as not to transmit the virus to him.

 For several years, sexual transmission of HIV has been a leader in St. Petersburg. Just one unprotected contact may be enough to transmit the virus. And just one condom is enough to prevent this from happening.

 It must be remembered that any traumatic interventions (injections, operations, dental treatment, cosmetic procedures, piercing and tattoos) must be done with a sterile instrument. If it is not possible to use disposable syringes, needles and containers, then the tool should be individual.

 There is only one way to find out if a person has HIV -make a blood test!