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International Day in the fight against AIDS/ 80 cases during 2022 in our country

International Day in the fight against AIDS/ 80 cases during 2022 in our country

On the International Day of the fight against AIDS, an outpatient HIV-AIDS clinic was opened in Tirana, reconstructed in the premises of the Infectious Disease Hospital.

Albania is a country with a low rate of infection with the disease.

According to the data of the Institute of Public Health, during 2022, 80 new cases of HIV-AIDS have been identified. The highest number of diagnosed cases belongs to the male gender, where out of 80 cases, 61 are male.

Infection with the HIV virus in 96% of cases occurs through unprotected sexual intercourse. Currently, 792 people receive ARV treatment, of which 780 are adults and 12 are children.

"Of the 1,600 women who were tested in the past years, only for 2022 there are over 5,000, who have been tested for HIV/AIDS. What is important is rapid treatment and diagnosis. Through our programs and the Global Fund program, we will also start self-testing for HIV-AIDS. The whole fight in this aspect is timely diagnosis, so that the treatment can start as soon as possible and the infection is under control", Minister Manastirliu said.

"It started with 150 patients who received therapy in 2010-2011 and today all patients are in therapy and we have no problems and deficiencies in terms of antiretroviral therapies. There are 792 cases or citizens who are treated with these therapies", she said.