In the Kaliningrad region, five thousand people were tested for HIV in five days
In Kaliningrad region of the sky today, November 7, 2018, the all-Russian action of the Russian Ministry of Health on free anonymous tests "HIV Testing, Shipment" has been completed.
A large-scale event at the federal level, aimed at informing citizens about HIV / AIDS, is held in Russia for the third year in a row. The action began on 12 June, on the day of Russia, in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky.
The route is traveled through 30 Russian regions. The mobile test sites based on two specialized Gazelle Nekst cars came from Kamchatka to Kaliningrad and made stops in 120 cities, where anyone could pass a quick HIV test and get the necessary advice. commented a correspondent in Kaliningrad today, November 7, 2018, in the press service of the government of the Kaliningrad region.
In total, 44,000 people took part in the action. In the Kaliningrad region, which this year joined the Russian event, the tests took place on schedule, from 3 to 7 November, in Kaliningrad, Chernyakhovsk, Baltiysk and Svetlogorsk. The participants in the action were 500 people.
"Moving points have allowed us to significantly expand the geography of action and increase the number of people who have passed an HIV test, who in ordinary life are not motivated to study," commented Lyalya Gabbasova, Assistant Minister of Health of the Russian Federation at the closing ceremony in Kaliningrad. "The convenient location of points in public places, the opportunity to pass a free and anonymous HIV test, as well as pre- and post-test counseling, all of which draws attention to the project and serves as an incentive for residents to determine their HIV status ".
During the completion of the action, Tatyana Grunicheva, an advisor to the governor of the Kaliningrad region on health issues, underlined that in 1988 the Kaliningrad region was the first in the Soviet Union to confront people with HIV: "We had to develop the first legislative acts to combat this problem and gradually, with common efforts "We have been able to achieve good results in reducing both morbidity and mortality from this disease".
Summing up the comparison of HIV-AIDS in the region, the Deputy Minister of Health of the Kaliningrad Region, Yuri Skalin, praised the multifaceted work carried out by the Center for the Prevention and Control of AIDS (Center-AIDS) of the Regional Infectious Hospital over the years: "The main task of this structure is to give shape to patients adherence to treatment, receiving appropriate therapy.The AIDS Center has a wide range of tools for this type of work, he said the vice minister. "Also in the region, all mechanisms have been developed to conduct research on HIV among healthy populations. An effective preventive information campaign is being conducted among residents on all issues related to this disease, and today the Kaliningrad region is not even included in the twenty regions for the spread of HIV / AIDS ".
Scalin added that for 10 months of 2018, 216 thousand residents of Kaliningrad and the region have passed an HIV test. With target values for 2018 in 24% of the population, by the end of December, according to the forecasts of an AIDS center, 27% of citizens will pass a study in the Kaliningrad region, which is one of the highest rates in Russia.