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São Paulo promotes actions on World AIDS Day


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On the date that the World Day of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) is celebrated, the Municipal Health Department of São Paulo began a series of actions that will be developed throughout the month of December.

Disease prevention messages will be displayed on street clocks and in city malls , including lighting in public buildings, rapid testing for the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and research seminar.


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The actions are part of the Red December campaign, to raise awareness about the disease and its prevention and can be followed by the Municipal Health Department’s social networks (Facebook, Instagram and Twitter – @saudeprefsp) and by the Department’s website.

According to the secretariat, the main action was the early opening of the itinerant Testing and Counseling Center (CTA), CTA da Cidade, last Sunday (28), at an event held in Minhocão.

The city won the Elimination of Vertical Transmission of HIV Recertification with records of vertical transmission representing 0.3% of new cases in the city in 2020. “The number guaranteed the renewal of certification, granted for the first time to the city of São Paulo in 2019, by the Ministry of Health”, informed the Health Department.

According to the coordinator of sexually transmitted infections, STI/Aids, Cristina Abbate, the date is a time when the cause of HIV/Aids is even more in evidence, bringing the issue closer to the population and honoring all the people who lost their lives as a result of the disease.

“With the inauguration of the CTA da Cidade, last weekend, the city of São Paulo took another important step in its commitment to fighting the HIV/AIDS epidemic. More than ever, we will be where the people who need it are”, said the coordinator.

The activities began yesterday (30), with the display of prevention messages on totems in five large shopping malls in the city of São Paulo, special red lighting on monuments and public buildings in the capital. These actions continue until the 4th.

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Today (1st), the city’s street clocks will feature the stylized loop of the IST/AIDS Coordination, a version of the global symbol of the fight against AIDS in the city’s colors (red, black and white).

On Avenida Paulista, the Federation of Industries of the State of São Paulo (Fiesp) will show the red ribbon on the digital panel on the building’s facade. TV Gazeta presenters will also use the loops throughout the channel’s programming.

On Thursday (2), the 13th edition of the Seminar on Research on IST/AIDS takes place, virtually, when the final and partial data of the main surveys in the units of the Specialized Municipal Network (RME) in IST/AIDS in São Paulo will be presented. Paul.

In addition, the 16th Research Inventory will be launched, which brings together all the studies carried out at RME, work by the coordinators and professionals working in municipal health units specializing in STI/AIDS presented at scientific events this year.

Also within the World Aids Day actions, the Basic Health Units (UBSs) and the RME services will intensify the dissemination and implementation of rapid HIV tests, the distribution of internal and external condoms in the first week of the campaign. Local partnerships will also be articulated to offer free HIV self-test kits in places of sociability for the population most vulnerable to the virus, such as gay men and other men who have sex with men, transgender people and transvestites and sex workers.

Text translated using artificial intelligence.

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