Processing HIVsamples in a microbiology laboratory. / SUR

Some 5,400 people live with HIV in Malaga province

In its early detection programme, Malaga's Clínico hospital diagnoses twice the Andalusian average of new cases of HIV, the virus that causes Aids

ÁNGEL ESCALERA

A total of 5,400 people in the province of Malaga are living with the HIV virus or Aids, according to the director of the Andalusian Aids Plan, Javier de la Torre, in a video prepared by the College of Physicians of Malaga entitled Living with HIV in Times of Covid.

In the video, experts analyse the current HIV situation in Spain, coinciding with World Aids Day, which is celebrated on 1 December.

Javier de la Torre specified that in Malaga there are currently 5,400 people living with HIV who are treated at the Regional, Clínico and Costa del Sol hospitals.

The majority of those are men between 30 and 50 years old who have been infected by having sex with other males.

Almeria and Malaga are the Andalusian provinces with the most cases of infected patients.

Comparing this with the current coronavirus pandemic, HIV has caused a total of 60,000 deaths in Spain in 40 years compared to 82,000 deaths from Covid.

Twice as many cases

The emergency department of the Virgen de la Victoria Clínico Hospital detects twice the Andalusian average of cases of HIV.

The number of positive results brought to light by the Malaga hospital through the early diagnosis programme exceeds five per cent, whereas the average in Andalucía is 2.5 per cent.

The hospital's emergency department participates in the early detection programme for HIV patients, which was launched a year ago by the Andalusian Health Service (SAS), following the recommendations of the Spanish Society of Emergency Medicine (SEMES) in this area.

The aim of the programme is to accelerate diagnosis and ensure that those affected by HIV have access antiretroviral treatment as soon as possible.

In this way, the possibility of transmission to other people also decreases.