Councils of Cantabria, Aragon, Castilla-La Mancha and the Community of Madrid will host from Saturday to December 1 information tables to encourage citizens to be tested for AIDS and inform on the importance of prevention and early diagnosis of the illness.
The initiative "Get tested" is organized by the association APLEC Inclusion + Equality, whose president, Marina García, has presented this campaign at a press conference in Santander with the delegate of the Government in the region, Pablo Zuloaga, and some representatives of town halls Cantabrian
Nine Cantabrian municipalities (Argoños, Cabezón de la Sal, Camargo, Castro Urdiales, Laredo, Reinosa, San Vicente de la Barquera, Santa Cruz de Bezana and Torrelavega) will participate in the campaign, which will also take place in the Aragon town halls of Alcañiz, Calatayud , Caspe, Ejea de los Caballeros, La Almunia de Doña Godina, Teruel, Utebo and Zaragoza.
The informative tables of this campaign, which starts on the HIV Testing Day (October 20), will also be installed in the Castilian-Mancha localities of Tarazona de la Mancha, Torrijos, Yuncos and Toledo, and in Madrid's Alcalá de Henares, Fuenlabrada, Getafe, Madrid, Móstolers, Parla, Rivas-Vaciamadrid and Torrejón de Ardoz.
Marina García recalled how easy it is to have an HIV test, because just picking up saliva with a palette and inserting it into a liquid can be ruled out or know if you have the virus.
That test, according to the president of APLEC Inclusion + Equality, will be announced by the association at the information tables that will be installed in the municipalities and people who are encouraged to do it may go to a pharmacy or organizations that work with affected for AIDS, to take the test.
In Cantabria, Garcia explained that last year they have made about 500 HIV tests, but has insisted on the importance of continuing with these tests, because a late diagnosis of the disease can lead to its spread, he said.
The president of the association thanked the Government of Cantabria for its participation in this initiative, in particular the general director of Youth, Jorge Gutiérrez, and also highlighted the work done by the municipalities that are going to be part of the campaign.
The Government delegate in Cantabria recalled that HIV testing is one of the "greatest tools" to prevent new infections and has highlighted the importance of the campaign, in addition, to prevent, respect and show closeness and solidarity with people who have the illness.
Zuloaga has highlighted the latest study released these days, conducted by Spanish researchers who have managed to eliminate the virus in six patients with stem cell transplants, although he has indicated that the work to prevent the disease must continue to carry it out.