Aidshilfe Steiermark is traveling under the motto "I want to know!" Through the region of Weiz.
There were 58 patients diagnosed with HIV infection in Styria for the first time in 2017. This is a 26 percent increase over 2016. Aidshilfe Styria tours the Weiz district to draw attention to this uncomfortable development and raise awareness of HIV and AIDS.
High treatment costs
40% of diagnoses are done very late. This means that affected people can carry viruses for a long time, putting their health burdens and inadvertently putting others at risk. With the development of additional medical treatment options, today's infected people can live almost normal lives, but there is a big problem with HIV infection and AIDS patients stigmatized in our society, explains Manfred Rupp, head of Aidshilfe Steiermark. In addition, the average cost of treating people with an epidemic will be between 400,000 and 500,000 euros.
Earth Travel Weiz
Aidshilfe Styria of Weiz District wants to travel "I want to know!" Until the World AIDS Day on December 1st. You can raise public awareness and awareness through lectures on public buildings, free and anonymous tests, poster campaigns, and red ribbons.
During the lecture, "AIDS, is there something else for us?" On November 15th Paracelsusapotheke Weiz will be discussed on November 27th at Kulturkeller Gleisdorf. Christopher Drexler, the health authority, stressed that the disease should not be forgotten. "Because of treatment options, HIV infection can be cured, but we should not treat this disease."
In Graz you can get anonymous free tests at Aidshilfe Steiermark. Test results are obtained within 3-5 days. A quick test will give you results in 30 minutes. Eighty percent of the testees are from Graz and the surrounding area now, and there is a field trip that allows people easy access to HIV testing. "I hope that the Earth Tour will raise awareness on this important topic and reduce exposure to infected people," Rupp says.