According to estimates, around 3500 people living with HIV live in Serbia. One third of them do not know he is infected because he has no health problems.
Danijela Simić from the Public Health Institute of Serbia "Dr. Milan Jovanović Batut" states that he is the youngest person who has suffered from Side this year for 23 years and the youngest person who has died for 31 years.
"Last year, there were about 180 people who found out that they were infected with HIV and 55 patients from Side and 14 died. These statistics may be much more beneficial if you test people who have some sort of risk behavior, above all – unprotected sexual intercourse with HIV "Šimić said.
Invites citizens who are jeopardized to behave for testing.
"Testing is available throughout the year in one of the institutes or institutes, and tomorrow will be in the Municipal Public Health Institute, the Institute for Protection of Students, Zrenjanin, Kraljevo and Sremska Mitrovica," Šimić said.
He pointed out that it is very important to detect the virus on time because the disease, he says, does not have to be deadly.
"There is therapy, medication, it is only important to be diagnosed as early as possible, preferably six months after potential risk, and people are treated because they choose life," emphasizes Šimić.
He adds that the virus is most commonly diagnosed in people between the ages of 20 and 49, while a third of young people are between the ages of 20 and 29 with a new diagnosis of HIV infection.
It adds that most 90 percent of the virus gets unprotected sex and points out that men have a much greater risk.