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Cases of HIV on the rise in Playa del Carmen

Playa del Carmen, Q.R. — Known cases of HIV are on the rise in Playa del Carmen according to the association Vida Positiva Playa.

The association’s president, Rudolf Geers says field tests conducted already this year show 72 newly infected people. Of those infected, one was a female, another was a transgender woman and 70 were men. Of these, 53 percent were gay, 28 percent were bisexual  and 19 percent declared having sex with only women. The age group of concentrated infections is from 18 to 30 years.

Rudolph Geers explained that these figures are worrying  because of the 3,200 tests given this year alone, less than 20 percent say they use condoms. According to field studies by the association, those tested say they have an average of three sexual partners per year.

“We’re seeing the use of condoms decrease. This is why we are seeing an increase in young people who are testing positive for HIV, ” he said.

Vida Positiva notes that the state of Quintana Roo, Solidarity in particular, is facing one of the highest HIV rates in the country. Rudolf Geers, together with municipal and state authorities, recently inaugurated the new module where people can have HIV testing done. The new facility is on Avenue Juárez, cornered with 15 Avenue and is available Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 a.m.