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More than 10,000 people live with HIV in the Free State
In 2015, 643 men and women in Bavaria were newly infected with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). This means that a total of 11,000 people in the Free State live with the virus. As the Ministry of Health warns, young people in particular should be warned of contagion, because the age group of 20 to 35 years is particularly affected by the new infections.
Significantly more men than women are infected
Medicine is making great strides in the fight against AIDS, but many people are still infected with HIV. According to the Ministry of Health and Care, there were 643 new infections in Bavaria last year. A total of around 2,000 women and 9,000 men would currently be living with the HIV virus in the Free State, the health minister Melanie Huml (CSU) reported in an interview with the news agency "dpa" on Wednesday.
Infection rate is particularly high among younger people
"It is very important to me that these people are not marginalized," the minister added. Young people in particular should therefore be warned of the risks of the disease, because "the infection rate is particularly high in the age group of 20 to 35 years," explained Huml.
Healing is not yet possible
The HI virus is mainly caused by unprotected sexual intercourse, but also e.g. transmitted by infected blood products or syringes exchanged among drug addicts. If a person is infected, AIDS may break out later. Thanks to medical progress, there are good therapeutic options for HIV and AIDS - however, a cure has not yet been possible.
"Protection against infection remains the top priority," said Huml. According to the information, Bavaria provides “around 3.5 million euros a year for HIV prevention, education and counseling”, with information being of particular importance in order to curb the spread.
New campaign against discrimination
A new nationwide campaign by the Federal Center for Health Education (BZgA) and the Federal Ministry of Health on the occasion of World AIDS Day on December 1st is to be welcomed. “You can live with HIV today. With no discrimination ”is the central message of the campaign, which was presented to the public on Wednesday.
The posters show HIV-positive people with their demands for respect and acceptance. “A long and fulfilling life with HIV is possible today. However, discrimination and the fear of it are a burden for many people with HIV, ”said Ulf Hentschke-Kristal, board member of Deutsche AIDS-Hilfe, in a message from the BZgA. (No)