Some 35,000 Spaniards Could Be Infected With HIV Without Awareness
July 21, 2009
In Madrid on Monday, the Spanish government kicked off a new AIDS awareness campaign entitled "Leave your doubts behind," and the general director of the Spanish public health authority warned that 35,000 Spaniards may carry HIV without knowing it. "Half of the new infections are down to people who do not know they are carrying the virus," said Idelfonso Hernandez. "We need to detect cases rapidly in order to be able to use it as a tool for the prevention of its spreading." The campaign includes a Web commercial on Youtube and a site on Facebook. Meanwhile, 20 pharmacies in Northern Spain are taking part in a pilot program that offers rapid HIV tests to the public; so far, 1,229 tests have been performed. A total of 120,000 to 150,000 people in Spain are believed to be HIV-positive.
Xinhua News Agency
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