October 25, 2021

AIDS: you have to do the test regularly

According to a recent article in the journal British Medical Journal (BMJ), one third of Britons infected with HIV, the AIDS, would not know it. Data provided by ECDC (European Center for Disease Prevention and Control, EU Dependent) in October 2006 reported a similar proportion of Europeans infected with HIV, but not knowing it.

A screening more efficient, and therefore earlier, is needed. If France is rather good student in terms of screening of AIDSAccording to the researchers, it is important to raise the awareness of certain populations, who are not privileged targets of information campaigns on the subject. AIDS, the need for screening. A screening early allows better management of the disease, and therefore a greater comfort of life for the sick person.

In the article published in the BMJ, Inserm researchers asked that the test HIV becomes a "test when a patient requests a complete blood test from his doctor, the AIDS is not part of the research done. The patient must make an explicit request to the practitioner. In France, the test of AIDS is only obligatory for donors of blood, sperm, organs and milk. It is routinely offered to pregnant women and before a wedding.

With or without a doubt, it is therefore advisable to make a test of AIDS, to make sure of his good health. This may be prescribed by his doctor, or may be performed in one of the screenings Anonymous and Free (CDAG), who are also authorized to perform the screening Hepatitis B and C, and in some centers, other Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs). Maternal and Infantile Planning Centers (PMI) and Family Planning or Planning Centers can also offer a screening. In all these centers, all the steps are free.

The result of test is only available after a few days to a week. You should know that if you have taken a risk, especially because of unprotected sex, it may take longer. The contamination takes up to three months to be detectable in the blood.

In France, according to the National Institute for Public Health Surveillance, 150,000 people carry the AIDS, 43% of whom are women. More than half (56%) of new HIV diagnoses are heterosexually infected and 22% homosexual. Injection drug use accounts for only 2% of new diagnoses.

Medical Animation: HIV and AIDS (October 2021)