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World AIDS Day emphasizes prevention and respect

The Social Welfare Delegation of the Benalmádena City Council joins the public awareness campaign on HIV infection through the Commemoration of the World Day to Fight AIDS, tomorrow, December 1.

This was announced today at a press conference by the Councilor for Social Welfare, Alicia Laddaga, together with the president of the Red Cross in Benalmádena, Paqui López.

Laddaga has reported that in Benalmádenathere will be a campaign to disseminate material provided, as on other occasions, by the Anti-AIDS Association of Málagaand also, “red ribbons will be distributed and the City Council has once again placed a large red ribbon as a symbol of the cause, both on its façade and at the Social Welfare headquarters “

Similarly, he explained that “we support the dissemination of information campaignsthat are carried out both from the Ministry of Health, Consumption and Social Welfare and from the Ministry of Health and Families of the Junta de Andalucía”, for which informative emails have been sent, attaching links and the information brochure of these entities, to the teaching institutes Benalmádena High School and Associations.

“At World AIDS Day This City Council wants to contribute its grain of sand to raising awareness and information about the disease, which unfortunately is, together with traffic accidents, one of the main causes of death among young people in the Western world “, lamented Laddaga, who, at the same time, has denounced that” the AIDS, in addition to being a disease, has been shown as a social problem due to the rejection, perhaps due to fear and ignorance, that is exercised against the people who suffer from it ”.

“Years ago, when we talked about AIDS, we talked about a series of groups and we thought that we were not a risk group and therefore we had nothing to fear,” he recalled.

Although advances in treatments and health care have improved the hope and quality of life of people with HIV, turning the infection into a chronic disease, the councilor has warned that “any of us who do not take some certain precautions, you can become infected with the virus AIDS”.

“Therefore, on this day we want to underline the commitment of this City Council to bet on prevention as the best way to avoid new infections,” he stressed.

During her speech, the mayor also stressed that, according to epidemiological surveillance data, there is still a high percentage of people with HIV infection “who do not know their situation since they have not been diagnosed.” This circumstance is a public health problem because, on the one hand, it does not allow them to benefit early from the available treatments and on the other, because in this way there is an increased risk of transmission to other people.

From the Social Welfare area, all citizens and especially the youngest have been reminded that there is no curative treatment or vaccine, therefore, prevention is configured as the most optimal intervention to combat HIV.

Those who are interested in any aspect of this disease can contact the AIDS Information Telephone number 900 850 100 free of charge.

For her part, the president of the Red Cross in Benalmádena, Paqui López, has reported that “from the Red Cross we willcontribute by offering information about this terrible disease to the students of high schools in Benalmádena.”

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