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A CAMPAIGN has been launched to encourage people in certain groups to take advantage of rapid HIV-testing available in Adeje.

The Council’s Department of Heath has offered this service for a few years through the borough’s Infosex group, in collaboration with the Canarian Health Service.

The programme enables those interested in being tested can do so in a fast, confidential, free and anonymous way, with qualified personnel in attendance.

Adeje Health Councillor Amada Trujillo Bencomo said: “We feel, perhaps, that there may be people unaware of the service, so we are launching the campaign to publicise it for the general public. Our main objective is always the good health of the people of Adeje.”

He added: “Since 2014, we have been in partnership with the regional health service in offering HIV/AIDS and sexually-transmitted disease-testing in non-clinical settings, offering early detection to ensure better health care.”

Infosex is based in the South of Tenerife, and its main objective is to offer information regarding health and sexuality. It also provides rapid testing for HIV, syphilis and Hepatitis C.

And, in collaboration with Adeje Health Centre, it offers the Hep A vaccine, and works with the Asociación Cruz Blanca to reach vulnerable women who may be working as prostitutes.

The service, which is completely anonymous, confidential and free, can be accessed by anyone. To book an appointment for a rapid HIV test, telephone  601 701 703.

Adeje’s Department of Health, together with Infosex Adeje, carried out more than 200 of these tests, vaccinating over 150 people.

Cllr Trujillo Bencomo stressed: “We are involved in a serious campaign to let people know about Infosex Adeje, and the services on offer.

“We want to make people aware of the importance of early diagnosis in HIV/Aids cases, and encourage them to take the rapid test, particularly those in groups who are more at risk of HIV.

“These include men engaging in sexual activity with other males, as well as transsexual women. The campaign will use all media, social platforms, posters, leaflets, etc.”

The National Plan in Aids believe that 30% of people living with Aids in Spain are still not aware that they are HIV positive, or that the occurence of STIs continues to rise.

The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS, known as UNAIDS, is leading the global effort to end AIDS as a public-health threat by 2030 as part of the Sustainable Development Goals.

It has a 90:90:90 strategy: by 2020, 90% of all people living with HIV will know their HIV status, 90% of all those with diagnosed HIV infection will receive sustained anti-retroviral therapy, and 90% of those receiving anti-retroviral therapy will have viral suppression.

Trujillo Bencomo said “Adeje Council is committed to allocating the human, material and economic resources necessary, to work with this international body to make this happen.”

 

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