"The resources we manage associations to develop HIV prevention programs have fallen to levels of ten years ago", says with resignation the director of the CCanvihar Association of fight against AIDS, Fernando González. The headquarters of this entity in Vigo - like the Committee citizen of Santiago de Compostela - are two agencies that fought the disease and have been doomed to close during the first months of the 2012 due to the lack of institutional aid.
"From year to year the Xunta reduced we grant almost 55% and us is thus feasible to continue," said Gonzalez. His was the only Association in the city of Vigo dedicated exclusively to the care of people affected by the AIDS virus. The director of CCanvihar regrets that cuts and dismantling of such services comes at a time where professionals "are showing an alarming rise in HIV cases".
In this sense, the specialist in infectious diseases of the Hospital Meixoeiro in Vigo, Luis Morano, alert not only of an increase in the number of cases, but also of a change in pattern with respect to new diagnostics that is being made. "The primary method of transmission of the disease was intravenously; However, now is more the number of people who get it after intercourse, especially among homosexual couples", Morano says. However, one of the main problems detected by professionals in dealing with AIDS is the high rate of people who are unaware that they are carriers of the virus. "Early diagnosis is very important. It is believed that about 50% of those affected don't know that it is and should be treated", says Luis Morano. For this reason, the specialist claimed the work of associations of care to sufferers of HIV when it comes to face the public information campaigns. "The idea has come a long way in the treatment of disease is doing that people are neglected in terms of prevention," he says.
In recent months, many are the collective care to those affected by the HIV virus that are going through critical moments. In addition to the closures of entities in Vigo and Santiago, last January jumped alarms to be known that the church threatened to evict eight patients who lived in an apartment managed by the citizen anti-AIDS Committee in Ourense as that the Organization could not afford the payment of the rent of the premises. Similarly, cuts to such associations have also been notable in the province of A Coruña. Of the six groups working in the prevention and care of this virus, four have seen is denying them aid by the Ministry of health.
"Last year we received about 6,000 euros subsidy by the Xunta, and this year, zero." We are in a very precarious situation,"reveals the collective Moucho, Ana Naya President. On the occasion of the Suppression of subsidies, this Association of more than 12 years of history in the city herculina was forced to suppress prevention programmes and to minimize this problem awareness workshops. "We don't know how we will survive, moment we went ahead thanks to the volunteer," says the organization responsible for.
Also the anti-AIDS Committee in La Coruña has been weakened his departure by up to 40% for 2012. "We have many more limitations," admits the Coordinator of the entity, Sonia Valbuena, who also claimed a change in the model of prevention which considered "insufficient and ineffective" campaigns. "Not enough to do talks and leafleting at specific moments, invest in education on an ongoing basis and carrying out programs newspapers in colleges and institutes", sentence Valbuena.
In this way, the coruñesa organization demand more attention by the Administration since they fear that the rise in the number of cases that are noticing in recent months becomes worse as a result of the current economic situation. "With the crisis, the cuts cause a problematic dupla. On the one hand to increase the people at risk of social exclusion and in addition headings be reduced to cater for those people. Society gives them back twice", says the Coordinator.
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