Apr 092013

Laboratories in the country are not coming reagents for tests of viral load to the human immunodeficiency (HIV) virus and the syndrome of acquired immunodeficiency (AIDS). Filing complaint Jhonatan Rodríguez, President of the Organization Stop HIV, who says that, before the failures of control and distribution, public laboratories take months in the examinations.

These lymphocyte count and viral load test are made twice a year so the patient suffering from the disease knows the status of infection in your body. They also determine when is the best time to start treatment or to measure whether the drugs are working.

Last week, the Deputy Dinorah Figuera reported must be knowledge of States of the interior of the country where single people can have a test every year, or year and a half. "If the treatment of a person begins to not be effective because of the resistance and mutations of the virus, could take a year or a year and a half to hear, which, in turn, can generate serious consequences for your health", denounced the Congresswoman, who is also a medical.

As Rodriguez explains, in Venezuela there are only four public sector laboratories responsible for viral load testing and they are located in Caracas, Maracay, Zulia and Merida. Unofficially known that to the national AIDS programme, run by the Ministry for health, ended her reagents and anti-retroviral and purchases for replacement have not been made.

"The problem of these failures is that they are intermittent. "One day we can have the reagents and the week following", says Rodriguez, adding that this does not diminish the problem, and that patients should have access to testing facilities. "These are situations that should not happen once," says the spokesman.

Rodriguez called on the Minister for health, Eugenia Sader. to the Vice-Minister of networks of collective health, Miriam Morales; and to the Coordinator of the national AIDS programme, Deisy Matos, to improve the situation with persons with HIV / AIDS.

Until last week, were also missing two ARVs in the country: Prezista and Intelence. To not have one of these medications, people with HIV should interrupt their treatment since they can generate resistance. At the end of 2012 also failed consistently Ratelgravir, according to Stop HIV medication distribution.

According to official figures from the Ministry of health, in Venezuela there are around 160,000 people with HIV (unofficially 219.025), 43.805 persons received anti-retroviral treatment free of charge, only one in 10 people known to have HIV; and 11,000 new infections reported annually. 50% Of new HIV infections occur in young people between 15 and 24 years.

Carabobo News Agency – Shortage of reagents for HIV in Venezuela

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