The reasons for the spread of HIV / AIDS, the number of diagnosed cases in Armenia and a number of preventive programs were discussed.
According to Eduard Hovhannisyan, 2865 cases of HIV / AIDS diagnosis have been registered in Armenia since 1988.
In sex proportion, 70% of HIV-infected people are men and 30% are women. Every year, 80% of cases are transmitted from one patient to another sexually, and the driving force of the epidemic is labor migration. 70% of the recent cases have been a result of labor migration.
“AIDS Prevention Center participates in campaigns, elaborates methodological manuals, proactive educational materials and provides free treatment. And with the support of the Russian Federation, another program is being implemented within the framework of which free medical services are provided to migrant workers in 100 communities of Armenia,” Hovhannisyan said.
Hovhannes Madoyan emphasizes that due to the financial and professional support of NGOs and international organizations, Armenia has made considerable positive changes.
“The biggest achievement Armenia has achieved is that HIV transmission from mother to child has been eliminated. The other achievement is the provision of treatment for all needy. The goal of the entire HIV response should be the diagnosis of the infected, after which the treatment will be absolutely free,” Madoyan said.
In Eduard Hovhannisyan's opinion, early diagnosis of HIV is one of our country's challenges.
“If we are able to promote visitors’ initiative to get examined, we can reach higher levels,” Hovhannisyan added.
He also cited the internationally defined 90–90–90 treatment targets.
According to the above indicator, 90% of the world's population should know about its status, 90% get treatment, and the treatment of 90% should be effective
Arusyak Poghosyan presented “Program of self-testing for HIV infection within the framework of a UN- supported program”. 108 workshops were held within the framework of this program. As a result, the volunteer is informed about the prevention of disease and the possibility of early detection.
A preliminary workshop was held with 2,700 volunteers, who, in turn, informed another 10 volunteers, that is, the number of informed people reaches 27,000.
The next stage is the dissemination of the idea of treatment. Foundation will provide the volunteers with free tests. Self-test will allow you to discover the status independently, in isolation.
“Informed employers work in any office in the regions who are conducting free consultations. The launch of the project will be soon. About 15,000 tests will be distributed within the framework of the project. Every citizen has the right to benefit from the program,” Arusyak Poghosyan said.
At the end of the discussion Hovhannes Madoyan touches upon the manifestations of discrimination against people living with HIV and underlined that there is a need to adopt a separate law “On the fight against discrimination” in Armenia.
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Lilit Arakelyan, editor/events coordinator at “Media Center”
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