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Quintana Roo leads country in new AIDS cases

Cancun, Q.R. – State congress for Quintana Roo will be creating an awareness campaign on the Prevention and Control of Human Immunodeficiency Virus. The campaign will also include acquired immunodeficiency syndrome and other sexually transmitted diseases.

Congressman Mario Sanchez Machuca, called for the public campaign after official statistics show that the state of Quintana Roo had the highest rate of newly diagnosed cases of HIV and AIDS in the country last year.

According to the National Center for the Prevention and Control of HIV / AIDS, Quintana Roo’s rate increase for AIDS is 8.6 per 100,000 people and 12.1 for HIV. Last year in Quintana Roo, the National Center reported 2,000 new cases of HIV of which, 742 were already in the later stages of AIDS.

In 2014, Quintana Roo had the highest rate of newly diagnosed cases followed by Yucatán, Campeche, Tabasco, Chiapas, Oaxaca and Guerrero. Sanchez Machuca says that it’s important to establish prevention strategies and ensure timely care for those already infected in order to increase life expectancy.

According to Mayo Clinic, acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) is a chronic, potentially life-threatening condition caused by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). By damaging your immune system, HIV interferes with your body’s ability to fight the organisms that cause disease.

HIV is a sexually transmitted infection. It can also be spread by contact with infected blood or from mother to child during pregnancy, childbirth or breast-feeding. There’s no cure for HIV/AIDS, but there are medications that can dramatically slow the progression of the disease.

Wikipedia says that without treatment, the average survival time after infection with HIV is estimated to be 9 to 11 years, depending on the HIV subtype.  Infection with HIV occurs by the transfer of blood, semen, vaginal fluid, pre-ejaculate or breast milk.

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