Ahead of World AIDS Day, Israeli expert says HIV picture is worrisome

Published: November 30, 2014

Judy Siegel-Itzkovich
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While the Health Ministry has presented a relatively rosy picture of AIDS, including the fact that the number of new HIV carriers has declined, a Rambam Medical Center AIDS expert said the situation is not that simple.

Prof. Eduardo Shahar, head of the hospital’s immunology, allergy and AIDS center, said on Sunday — the eve of World AIDS Day — that more patients are being diagnosed at a later stage and are taking risks because they think drugs solve their problem.

The program will allocate a “special budget aimed at preventing HIV infection among men who have sex with men, reducing high-risk behavior, improving early diagnosis and medical followup and creating a supportive and protective environment for homosexual youths” in this group. It will in the coming weeks organize HIV testing at mobile centers, hand out free condoms at gay events and use the digital media, the ministry maintained.

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