Only 47% of men with HIV worldwide are on treatment, says UN
Worldwide, there are 36.7 million people with HIV, but only 20.9 million have access to treatment for the virus. On Thursday (30), global data from the report (Blind Spot) carried out by the Joint United Nations Program on HIV / AIDS (UNAIDS) on World AIDS Day, which focuses on access to treatment of men and children.
According to the information, men are less likely to have access to AIDS treatment and more at risk of dying from HIV-related diseases, as less than half of the virus carriers are being treated properly with antiretrovirals.
The report found that, on average, treatment coverage among men aged 15 years and over was 47% by 2016 worldwide. Meanwhile, the difference in data is even greater among men and women in West and Central Africa, where only 25% of men with HIV receive antiretroviral treatment against 44% of women, although there are important differences in other regions of the world.
A surprise for the organization was Latin America numbers, which include Brazil. In all these countries, the trend is not repeated, because 58% of men already use the medicines necessary to fight the virus and 59% among women.
Due to the difference in the global level, men are more likely to die than women from AIDS-related illnesses, accounting for 58% of the virus-related deaths in 2016.
According to the UN, studies show that men are more likely than women to start treatment, interrupting it and not performing therapeutic follow-up. They also point out that these gaps and shortages in treatment coverage contribute to new cycles of infection.
Another important information presented is that HIV prevalence is higher among men in key population groups (including sex, injecting drug users, trans people, people deprived of their liberty, gays and other men who have sex with men - and their sexual partners.)
The Blind Spot also states that about 80% 8 million people who use injecting drugs are men, and HIV prevalence among them exceeds 25% in several countries. Outside South and East Africa, 60% of new HIV infections among adults occur among men.
This presentation encourages men to use health services and makes these services more accessible to them, if adapting to the needs and realities of the group.
With information from EFE Brazil.
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