Launch of a manual with strategies for rapid tests of HIV and syphilis

The Buenos Aires Ministry of Health presented this Wednesday a new digital working document for medical teams with the aim of developing rapid testing strategies for HIV and syphilis (PRS) at the first level of health care.

The director of HIV, STIs and Viral Hepatitis, Lida Santa Cruz, highlighted through a statement the strength of this manual that “incorporates a work module on epidemiological surveillance on the centers that develop the rapid test strategy, with the aim of begin to have an effective monitoring of infections and the work of each health region, since it directly affects the planning of our management ”.

Rapid tests are simple exams that are performed at the time of consultation using fingerstick. This strategy is implemented in 541 service points distributed in more than 70 municipalities in the province of Buenos Aires.

Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are one of the leading causes of morbidity in sexually active people. They can develop mild or long-term illnesses that impact quality of life and sexual and reproductive health, in addition to carrying an increased risk of HIV transmission.

In Argentina, 17% of people with HIV do not know their results and in the central area of ​​the country, between 36% and 39% of diagnoses are made late, while the rate of congenital syphilis is 1.5 per 100,000 inhabitants.

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