Associations fighting against AIDS fear an increase in the number of patients. With the pandemic, hundreds of thousands of screenings have not been carried out.
Public health associations are doing their best in this period marked by the Covid-19 epidemic to maintain the link and continue prevention in terms of HIV testing. “There are people who are less careful, who perhaps do less screening and I try to tell them that we must continue to be careful, that we must continue to be screened, even if there is to the pandemic “
, explains Paulina Gomez, translator. If the latter continued to be screened regularly, this is not the case for everyone.
The number of HIV tests was indeed reduced by 50% in 2020, 650,000 less than in 2019. “We have varied audiences, we can have an audience of young people, sex workers, men who have sex with men, it’s quite varied … But we note a drop in screening in all of these. different audiences “, explains Solène Bost, general coordinator of the Aremedia association. The associations want the screening buses to be put back into circulation to combine anti-covid vaccination and HIV tests.