Lot-et-Garonne: The Covid-19 epidemic has masked HIV infection

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The first-ever New Aquitaine regional sexual health campaign kicked off May 30-June 5, but its prevention goal goes well beyond that. Lot-et-Garonne and the Agen Nérac hospital center are part of this public health system. Especially since the Covid-19 epidemic has delayed early HIV screening.

New Aquitaine’s first regional sexual health campaign kicked off May 30-June 5, but its prevention goal goes well beyond that. Lot-et-Garonne is part of this public health system.
The COVID-19 outbreak has affected other infections. Referring specifically to HIV screening, which has seen a significant drop in spontaneous use of self-testing, dedicated associations and free screening centers during the health crisis, Dr. Elise Klement Frutos, doctor of internal medicine, specialist in infectious diseases and specialist for the public, then health at the hospital center of Agen Nérac.

The first delivery in spring 2020 resulted in a delay in the diagnosis of seropositivity and an increase in the spread of infection. The same trend has been observed for other sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

Carrier despite being unaware of his HIV status

“The health crisis has led to a 22% drop in detection of new confirmed HIV cases in 2021 and a drop in screening by about 14% between 2020 and 2021, meaning people were unknowingly carrying HIV. On the other hand, the number of cases of syphilis and gonococcal infections has increased during Covid. This Sexual Health Week is an opportunity to speak up with family and friends to fight against anti-HIV/AIDS serophobia and discrimination, be it community or professional. People must be encouraged to get tested for HIV in a city laboratory, which is always possible without a prescription, and also strengthen screening for sexually transmitted diseases (chlamydia, gonococci, hepatitis, syphilis) by pushing the door of the CeGIDD (Free Center for Information, Screening and Diagnosis of Immunodeficiency Virus Infections). Human medicine, viral hepatitis and sexually transmitted infections), but also with gynecologists for women and gastroenterologists for men. We want to pass on this information, find ways of communication. Juveniles are not regularly monitored. Some behave risky. These centers provide assistance in detecting these sexually transmitted pathologies. Experts assess risk tolerance, discuss protective measures, prevention and prevention,” argues the infectious diseases doctor from Agen Hospital.

Young people under the age of 25 affected by HIV

dr Klement Frutos regrets that the diagnoses uncovered after the epidemic’s latency period revealed “advanced stages of seropositivity, much higher than the early stage. De facto people susceptible to developing symptoms and AIDS while being treated and had remained HIV positive with one pill a day and few side effects, there would have been no transmission of disease and viral load. less than 25 years old, affected by HIV, but patients as young as 60 years also occur”.

Hepatitis B and C, Chlamydia, Gonococci, Screening covers a certain number of STIs one can carry, often without symptoms, hence its importance in limiting transmission. Most STIs can be treated easily, while left untreated they can have serious consequences.
Various actors offer screening services: Centers for Family Planning and Education, Association Offices (AIDES, ENIPSE).

It should be noted that HPV (Human Papillomavirus) vaccination schedule is a means of preventing cervical cancer and other anogenital cancers caused by HPV infection. Vaccination can be given by doctors, midwives and nurses (on medical prescription). Vaccination is recommended for all adolescents aged 11 to 14, with a possible catch-up period up to the age of 19 or before the first sexual intercourse.

The Free Center for Information, Screening and Diagnosis (CeGIDD) of the Agen Nérac Hospital Center is part of these systems, in particular by offering free and anonymous screening for the various STIs.
Consultations are possible at the Agen site, but also at the Nérac site as part of a permanent meeting that takes place on Wednesdays. Contact: 05 53 69 70 25

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