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AIDS patients who admitted the Rambam Medical Center in Haifa for years 2008 and 2017, according to a study announced in International AIDS Day honors.
The majority of 136 AIDS patients were immigrants from Ethiopia (37 per cent) and the former Soviet Union (29 per cent).
"Today, there are new drugs, innovative treatments, comprehensive studies and completely new treatment concepts that make the disease chronic and manageable," said Dr Eduardo Shachar, director of the AIDS Foundation in Rambam. "But we're sorry, there are groups in the population that act uncomfortable, embarrassed or unidentified about the treatment available. The message is clear and important – for your own health and the health of those who are in need of you, you must be checked. "
Since September 2018, 90 patients have been diagnosed.
The report also found that 60 patients were likely to be the carriers of the disease, because they were unaware of them and were not diagnosed until they were admitted to hospital.
"On this World AIDS Day, we remind us of the need for public education to ensure that HIV / AIDS are detected at an early stage," Richard Hirschhaut, National Executive Director of American Friends of the Rambam Medical Center.
This is part of a larger global trend, where more people contract HIV each year. Despite efforts to reduce the spread of the disease and the number of HIV patients has increased dramatically over the last 10 years. This is mainly due to the increase in the virus in countries that have little resources.
There were around 19.6 million people living with HIV in 2017 in East and South Africa, while only 22,000 people were living with HIV in the Middle East and North Africa.
In Ethopia in particular, there were around 610,000 children and adults living with HIV. Although it is complicated to calculate everyone living with HIV in the former Soviet Union, in Russia today, from 2017, there were 1,000,000 people with the virus.
HIV or human immune virus, is a virus that can lead to aIDS immunodeficiency procurement syndrome. HIV is attacking the immune system and prevents the body from fighting infections. If HIV is not treated, and destroys too many cells that prevent the body from defending itself, this person will probably have AIDS. This leaves the body faulty against other viruses.
"They are not aware of the disease, they are not treated, and so diagnosed during hospital after developing complications of immunity, have spent considerable time with medical uncertainty until diagnosed right, "Shacher explained.
International AIDS Day is commemorated on 1st December.
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