Diagnosed cases of HIV/AIDS rise slightly in Israel

Diagnosed cases of HIV/AIDS rise slightly in Israel

More HIV/AIDS patients in the so-called “land without people for a people without land”. Either Israel has a very lousy healthcare system, or the so-called “Chosen Peoples” are mired in the sin of drug abuse, promiscuity and homosexuality. Perhaps a repeat of what happened at Sodom and Gomorrah will hit the Zionists in the Holy Land soon.

Diagnosed cases of HIV/AIDS rise slightly in Israel
Nov. 29, 2006 22:17 | Updated Nov. 29, 2006 23:02
By JUDY SIEGEL-ITZKOVICH

The number of new HIV carriers and AIDS patients diagnosed here last year has risen somewhat, from an annual average of 322 between 2000 and 2004 to 350 cases in 2005, according to the Health Ministry.

The latest statistics, released Wednesday to mark World AIDS Day, which is held every December 1, may reflect increased infection or more people going for testing.

The World Health Organization and the United Nations AIDS prevention program UNAIDS say there are nearly 40 million people around the world who are HIV carriers or have full-blown AIDS, with 4.3 million newly infected and 2.6 million having died of the disease in 2006.

Since 1981, when the AIDS virus was first discovered, there have been 4,662 known Israeli HIV carriers and AIDS patients; 3,647 of them are still alive, while the rest either died or left the country. According to estimates, there are actually more than 5,100 carriers and AIDS patients in Israel, with about 1,500 not yet diagnosed.

HIV carriers can be diagnosed in community health fund clinics at ministry-funded AIDS centers. In addition, there are seven other centers run by voluntary organizations for diagnosis, counselling and treatment.

The basket of health services supplied by the health funds for HIV carriers and AIDS patients is among the most generous in the world, with six new medications added in 2005 and two more this year.

The ministry and voluntary organizations use World AIDS Day to promote public awareness of the disease and to special population groups. Web sites run in cooperation with homosexual/lesbian organizations show video films and have professional forums.

This year’s theme is “Condoms: Deciding on it together,” and a special poster with that message has been produced by the ministry. A separate campaign for homosexuals will be held on Friday, with condoms and informational material distributed by voluntary organizations.

There has been an increase in the prevalence of HIV/AIDS in male homosexuals in recent years, according to the ministry. An effort to discourage drinking and unprotected sex among homosexuals has been launched on Internet sites and in places frequented by homosexuals.

Between 1981 and 2005, people who inject themselves with drugs constituted 14.7% of all those newly diagnosed with HIV/AIDS. As a result, the ministry, the Israel Anti-Drugs Authority and the Jerusalem Methadone Center have developed an interventional program to reduce infection among drug users.

Workshops have also been held among the Ethiopian immigrant population to prevent the spread of the virus beyond those who were infected in their native country.

Meanwhile, Soroka University Medical Center in Beersheba is running a special project to encourage HIV/AIDS patients to take care of themselves and take the anti-retroviral “cocktail” as required. Some 85% of their carriers and patients are immigrants from the former Soviet Union and Ethiopia. As a result, teams speaking Russian and Amharic have been trained to provide information and treatment.

The Tel Aviv University Students’ Association, Clalit Health Services and the Rabin Medical Center will offer free HIV tests and distribute free condoms and informational material in the Shenkin gardens in Tel Aviv between 10.30 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Friday. Blood tests will also be available for students on Sunday through Tuesday on the campus next week from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Results will be provided at the university’s medical clinic.

The UN said that while the AIDS pandemic is spreading around the world, the prevalence of the virus has dropped in eight African countries.

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