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Emmanuel Macron calls not to let AIDS “regain ground”

The Head of State speaks as the Sidaction, a charitable event supported by televisions and radios, takes place until Sunday to highlight the scourge of HIV, after a year of the Covid-19 pandemic.
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We must not let AIDS “regain ground”, at the time when the Covid-19 epidemic “relegates other pathologies to the shadows and silence”, underlined Emmanuel Macron, Saturday March 27, in a Facebook message. “For a year now, the Covid has constrained our lives, limited our movements, restricted our human relations. As if that were not enough, it overshadows other health emergencies”, writes the head of state, deploring “an alarming drop in HIV tests”.

In his message, the Head of State recalls that “Against AIDS, there are also barrier gestures. One above all: the condom”. And Emmanuel Macron to regret that, faced with this “invisible enemy”, “we still do not have a vaccine and the therapies remain heavy”.

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According to the latest UNAIDS report, 38 million people around the world are living with HIV and more than 12 million people are waiting for treatment, which is now life-saving. In 2019, 1.7 million people were newly infected with HIV and 690,000 people died from AIDS-related illnesses.

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