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AIDS patients who were admitted to the Rambam Medical Center in Haifa doubled between 2008 and 2017, according to a study published in honor of the International AIDS Day.
Most of the 136 AIDS patients were immigrants from Ethiopia (37 percent) and the former Soviet Union (29 percent).
"Today there are new drugs, revolutionary treatments, comprehensive studies, and brand new therapies that make the disease chronic and healing," said Dr. Eduardo Shachar, director of the Institute of AIDS in Rambam. "But to our sorrow, there are groups in the population who act out of self-satisfaction, shame, or are not aware of the available treatment. The message is clear and important – for your health and the health of those around you, you must be verified.
Since September 2018, 90 patients have been diagnosed.
The report also showed that 60 of these patients were most likely the carriers of the disease because they were unaware and not diagnosed until they were admitted to the hospital.
"On this World AIDS Day we remind ourselves of the imperative of public education to ensure early detection and treatment of HIV / AIDS," said Richard Hirschhaut, National Executive Director of American American Friend Rambam Medical Center.
This is part of a larger global trend, where more people every year suffer from HIV. Despite the efforts to reduce the spread of the disease and the number of HIV viruses, it has increased dramatically over the past 10 years. This is mainly due to the increase of viruses in countries with little resources.
Approximately 19.6 million people lived in eastern and southern Africa in 2017, while only about 22 000 people lived with HIV in the Middle East and North Africa.
In Ethopia there were approximately 610,000 children and adults living with HIV. Although complicated to understand all who live with HIV in the former Soviet Union, in 2017, there were 1,000,000 people with the virus in Russia today.
HIV or human immunodeficiency virus, a virus that can lead to AIDS, acquired immunodeficiency syndrome. HIV attacks the immune system and stops the body to fight infections. If HIV is not cured and destroys too many cells obstructing the body to defend, this person will likely have AIDS. It leaves the body helpless against other viruses.
"They are not aware of the disease, are not treated, and are diagnosed during hospitalization after developing immunodeficiency complications after having spent a lot of time with medical uncertainty until they get the correct diagnosis," explained Shacher.
The International AIDS Day is marked on December 1st.
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