HIV AND RELATED ISSUES

12/03/2018 - 11:15 AM

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Inform to prevent: TIM’s proposal for its personnel

1 December: World AIDS Day. AIDS is a disease which is spoken about increasingly less, often because it is thought that more and more advanced treatments have solved the problem at its root.
Although it is true, on the one hand, that the most recent therapies ensure that a seropositive person has practically the same life expectancy as anyone else, and that a patient in ongoing therapy is no longer at risk of transmitting the virus, on the other hand we must heed the warning issued by UNICEF: throughout the world in 2017 there were more than three million seropositive children and adolescents under 20 years of age, 180,000 of which resulted from new infections, and every day almost 700 adolescents of between 10 and 19 years of age contract the disease - one every two minutes.
Unless there is greater investment in preventive actions at global level, approximately 360,000 adolescents will die from illnesses linked to AIDS between 2018 and 2030, an average of 76 per day.
In Italy, new estimations suggest a rate of around 4000 per year.
In addition to HIV, in the last four years Italian centres for the study of infectious diseases found that cases of syphilis and other sexually transmitted diseases have doubled.
Transmission often occurs between adolescents, who seem to dangerously confuse contraception with the prevention of sexually transmitted diseases.
A further mistake that seems to confuse the overall picture is what groups of people are potentially affected: on the whole, AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases are associated with LGBT people and drug addicts, but the reality is significantly different. The principal mode of transmission for new HIV diagnoses is via heterosexual relations.
For this reason, ANLAIDS - the first Italian charity founded to stop the spread of the HIV virus - has created the #tiriguarda publicity campaign this year, precisely to inform and spread awareness among as many people as possible.
This year, TIM has decided to hold a webinar dedicated to information on HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases for its own personnel.
The webinar, which will last approximately one hour, will be organised by Dr Silvia Corcione from the University of Turin’s Infectious Disease Clinic. It will be attended on 6 December by a trial audience of 40 people belonging to the TIM4INCLUSION community, but will be available for everyone soon after on TIM Academy, transformed into an e-learning course.
The webinar and e-learning course will present an informative and refresher course on:
  1. the figures for trends in the spread of infections throughout the world and in Italy  
  2. therapies  
  3. prevention  
  4. life expectancy and quality  
  5. overcoming some biases linked to the transmission of some diseases (e.g. HIV).
For ourselves and for our children, information and prevention are two very powerful tools which we must use in the fight against sexually transmitted diseases.

 

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