READ.ID – HIV and AIDS sufferers in Gorontalo Province from January to October 2020 saw an additional 64 cases.
The data is based on the records of the Gorontalo Provincial Health Office, each consisting of 24 HIV and 40 AIDS cases.
However, when compared to 2019, sufferers of the disease which stands for Human Immunodeficiency Virus and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome have decreased in cases.
Remembering last year, in the same period, the sufferer number was 49 HIV and 36 AIDS.
“In Gorontalo Province, the total number has reached 609 cases, with the number of HIV 287 cases and AIDS 322 cases,” explained the Head of the Disease Control Prevention Section (P2PM) of Infectious Gorontalo Provincial Health Office, dr. Irma Cahyani Ranti, when contacted by the Read.id crew, Friday (28/11/2020).
He said that every year HIV and AIDS cases in Gorontalo are found. Even though the number of cases found tends to fluctuate, said Irma Cahyani, the spread continues.
According to him, various efforts to deal with HIV AIDS cases in Gorontalo are still being made. Starting from the socialization of prevention, examination to treatment.
This also includes requiring sufferers to take ARV drugs every day for a lifetime.
“In fact, at this time apart from the hospital, there are 3 health centers in Gorontalo City where we open HIV treatment services, namely PKM Dumbo Raya, PKM Kota Barat and PKM Sipatana,” he added.
Even so, explained Irma, the antiretroviral drugs (ARV) that are given cannot cure HIV, but can suppress the replication of the HIV virus in the patient’s body.
“So that if the virus continues to be suppressed, PLWHA can live like other healthy people,” he said.
He regretted that there are still patients who do not want to take medication. In fact, he has been diagnosed with this disease.
Finally, he asked the public not to discriminate or discriminate
People with HIV and AIDS (ODHA).
Because, it is necessary to know, when they have taken medication, the virus has been suppressed and will not easily transmit it again.
“Remember, HIV can only be transmitted through blood and genital fluids as well as breast milk, so if we do not come into contact with the three fluids we will not be infected,” he said.