The threat of HIV still hangs over mankind, forty years after the first cases of AIDS were reported. “Today, the commitment to end AIDS by 2030 is overdue”, deplores the UN today.
In 2020, 37.7 million people were living with HIV globally, including 1.7 million children aged 0-14. 1.5 million new cases were recorded in the same year. Also in 2020, the virus unfortunately killed 680,000 people. Since the start of the epidemic, 32.7 million people have died from AIDS-related illnesses. And then the appearance of Covid-19 is not without consequences for AIDS patients. People living with HIV experience more serious consequences and have greater co-morbidities from Covid-19 than people not living with HIV. What complicate the fight.
Young people on the front line
In France, just over 170,000 people are living with HIV. But specialists estimate at 24,000 the number of people who are carriers of the virus without knowing it. Also in our country, in 2009, 6,200 people discovered their HIV status, 13% of whom were young people under 25 years of age. And 26% discover their seropositivity at an advanced stage of the infection.
In short, the road to eradication is still long and World AIDS Day is a reminder. That is why West France and Sur le vive invite you to discuss and ask all your questions to Cédric Arvieux, infectious disease specialist at Rennes University Hospital, through a live Instagram video, on Tuesday, November 30 at 6.30 p.m.
Can we cure AIDS today? What are the modes of transmission? What is the difference between HIV and AIDS? What are the screening methods? What complications with the Covid? You will be able to ask your questions live in the video chat on Tuesday, November 30. You can also ask your questions without further delay via the form below.
In any case do not forget. To easily discuss AIDS with a specialist, it’s Tuesday, November 30 at 6.30 p.m., on the Instagram account ofWest France !