AHF Argentina launched in 2013 with the support of several international, national, and local organizations. The program partners with local hospitals and universities to educate and train doctors, nurses, and health professions in HIV treatment and services. The program operates in 40 provinces, distributing thousands of LOVE condoms, brochures, and sponsoring discussions on topics ranging from most-at-risk populations to diagnosis testing. In its first year, AHF Argentina administered more than 15,000 HIV tests. In 2016, AHF performed 30,013 rapid tests. We support 5 clinics with almost 10,000 patients in Buenos Aires city, Rosario, Cordoba and Venado Tuerto.
UNAIDS estimates there are 130,000 people living with HIV/AIDS in Argentina as of 2016, but suggest 30 percent of people with HIV may not know they are infected. The epidemic is concentrated in urban areas among transgender populations, men who have sex with men (MSM), injecting drug users (IDUs), and sex workers. In the mid-90s, the government began offering antiretroviral therapy (ART) and later mandated the reporting of all new infections. The government’s increased awareness led to the use of preventative health strategies such as condom use, HIV testing, and access to treatment for those who tested positive. Because of the effort made, the rate of AIDS cases and mortality has decreased; yet, Argentina’s Ministry of Health estimates there are 6,500 new infections annually.
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