Wednesday , September 28 2022

AIDS: the mortality rate increased among young people


"The growth of the mortality rate due to AIDS in young people is causing concern". This was noted by the Buenos Aires Provincial Ombudsman, Walter Martello, in the current AIDS Battle Week framework.

The official said, according to the 2018 epidemiological bulletin, in Argentina that around 1500 people will die each year – 43% of deaths occur in Buenos Aires – as a result of human immune virus (HIV) disease. This figure represents an increase of 13% compared to what was recorded in 2005.

Every 24 hours

Official figures show that, on average, 4 people die daily because of AIDS, while 17 acquire HIV every 24 hours. In turn, of the 120,000 people living with HIV in Argentina, 90% of them had the virus by sex unprotected. And it is estimated that 3 in 10 people living with the virus do not know it.

Similarly, the AIDS mortality rate among young people aged 15 to 24 increased by 50.8% in the last decade, from 0.61 to 0.92 per 100,000 residents. In women, the increase was around 33%, with a rate of 0.45 in 2005 and 0.60 today. In males, however, this increase was more pronounced, close to 60%, with the rate for 2005 in 0.77, while the latest official figure indicates that it reaches 1.23.

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