The Alps-Maritimes have recorded the lowest decrease in HIV infections since COVID

In 1994, Sidaction was born, a charitable operation dedicated to fighting HIV by calling for donations. Friday through Sunday, it’s the 30th edition. But the latter has nothing to do with the 90’s anymore. HIV is becoming better known and better controlled, even though 38 million people worldwide still live with the disease on a daily basis; 170,000 in France.

Even if HIV progression numbers remain stagnant for five years, the organizers of Sidaction 2023 have chosen a positive slogan: “We were no closer to having an AIDS-free futureHowever, behind this optimism there was a relative five-year stagnation, which was also felt in the Alps-Maritimes. In 2021, for example, there were 65 new patients, almost the same number as in 2020 or 2019. Which But much better than it was 10 years ago, when the Côte d’Azur was the very bad French student body.

What happened to make this change happen?

Between 2015 and 2018, the Alpine Maritimes saw the It reduced the pollution rate by 40% while in France it decreased by 16%. Exceptional results because at that time, Côte d’Azur became an experimental area for PrEP; That famous chemical condom, the pill you take to prevent sexual intercourse. PrEP was then widely distributed thanks to a prescription made possible even by general practitioners.

This action immediately had an effect on the number of contaminations. But since then, there has been covid. And so the number of screening tests decreased and therefore the number of people taking PrEP decreased. In 2023, associations fighting AIDS want to relaunch communication around all these solutions that make HIV a somewhat less serious disease.

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