Havana, May 15 – The Cuban strategy for diagnosing HIV/AIDS is characterized by its wide coverage, early detection, algorithms to ensure high sensitivity and specificity, a program of external quality assessment and common technology, says a Cuban AIDS expert.Hector Diaz, a specialist at the AIDS Research Laboratory (LISIDA) stated that even when new cases have been diagnosed in the country each year, the epidemic remains at a low prevalence, 0.19 percent, the lowest in Latin America (0.4 percent) and the Caribbean (0.9 percent).
During a master lecture at the opening session of 23rd Congress of Internal Medicine in Central America and the Caribbean, taking place in Havana, the expert stressed that health problems such as mother-to-child and blood-based transmission of HIV has been eliminated on the island.
Diaz noted that men who have sex with men are the most affected, and the number of individuals diagnosed later by the system has decreased.
More than 8,000 people are currently on antiretroviral therapy, and since 2007, more than 90 percent of those treated had survived by late 2012.
Current challenges and opportunities for controlling the pandemic, demonstrate the need to continue to search for, test and treat HIV-infected persons, said Diaz.
Source: Prensa Latina