The Sidaction starts on Friday March 26. The pandemic of Covid-19 has led to a drop in screenings. Françoise Barré-Sinoussi, virologist and president de Sidaction is the guest of the 23 Hours. Journalist Anaïs Hanquet provides details on the HIV epidemic.
While the Sidaction starts on Friday March 26, the tests of screening you page
have decreased since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. “There is an impact of this Covid epidemic on this HIV infection in France and in the world. We now know that there is a decrease in screening for this HIV infection with a decrease of around 50 to 60% depending on the region. This is worrying, if there is a delay in screening, it means a delay in the therapeutic management of people living with HIV and therefore serious consequences both on the epidemic and on the benefit of these treatments for the patients
“, Explain Françoise Barré-Sinoussi, virologist and president by Sidaction, Thursday March 25.
According to figures from the World Health Organization, there have been 1.7 million new HIV infections across the planete in 2019. For the France, it is estimated that there are 6,000 new cases per year, a figure that has been stable for several years. “Some associations estimate that 25,000 people are HIV-positive in France, without knowing it“, explains Anaïs Hanquet. In 2019 across the globe 690,000 people died from the page, a figure down 60% compared to to 2004, year considered as the WHO mortality peak. A preventive vaccine against HIV would be well tested in France.