Carcedo warns of an upturn in AIDS among young people

The Minister of Health, Consumption and Social Welfare, María Luisa Carcedo, has acknowledged that in Spanish society there has been a spike in AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs) due to the relaxation of "the awareness of young people."

Therefore, he said that from his cabinet will reinforce campaigns to prevent these infections and even put in place classes "sex education in schools so they can learn from young people the mechanisms that serve to avoid STIs."

According to data handled by Health, "every year there are about 3,400 new diagnoses of HIV in our country and more than 29% of new diagnoses occur in people under 30 years."

Likewise, Carcedo detailed, young people are the most affected by STIs such as gonococcal infection, syphilis or "Chlamydia trachomatis".

"It is not a matter of returning to panic as an option," Carcedo insisted, but rather of "raising awareness that prevention is as valid as when the first case was detected almost 40 years ago."

The minister also stated that, for the time being, the possible implantation in Spain of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is still postponed, a treatment that is applied in other countries, such as the United States, the United Kingdom or New Zealand, and that prevents the transmission of HIV after a sexual relationship and whose use has been demanded since the organization of the congress.

"We do not trust measures that can be the source of confusion," said the minister, "which can lead to infections that can be prevented and prevented."

For the head of Health, should be studied "in what cases and under what conditions" is effective PrEP, and especially inform potential users that "it does not work for all times or for all sexually transmitted diseases."

Carcedo has made these statements upon his arrival at the XIX National Congress on AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Infections, which was inaugurated today in Alicante organized by Seisida, an entity that brings together health professionals, patients and different organizations working to improve the quality of life of those infected with HIV.

"We know the mechanism of transmission of HIV", the minister continued and "fortunately, with the treatments available to us, it has become chronic".

Hence, he said, his main "ambition" is that he gets to be cured or that a "vaccine" is available for his treatment. Therefore, it considers that "the investigation should be reinforced".


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