The latest diagnosis of HIV continues to be a challenge in the WHO's entire European region. Every recently diagnosed second person has reached the advanced phase of the infection. In the European Union / European Economic Area, the latest data for 2017 shows that nearly 90% of AIDS diagnosis occurred within 90 days of HIV diagnosis. This means that most AIDS cases can prevent premature diagnosis.
Untested HIV is never easier. In the European Union, peer counselors, doctors who are not mandatory professionals, have received special training, provide advice, provide support and provide minimal results for community-based trials.
If the result is a positive result, a health care facility must be confirmed. If confirmed, doctors follow and then treat antiretroviral drugs. These drugs help the development of HIV infection in AIDS and can live a long and healthy life with HIV. In most cases, the treatment involves an invisible level of the blood virus, that there is no fear of transmitting viruses to sex partners.
"The last thing I was certified"
At the age of 28, at Athens, Dimitris, Greece, the last thing proved to be the liver, until he referred to his friend Athens Checkpoint, until the Greek capital's HIV prevention center advisers and fast trials. The final motivation for the test showed that a friend was HIV positive. 8 months ago, Dimitris tried. A positive shock was a complete shock.
"I am an informed person, I have always used condoms," he added, adding, "but it always happens occasionally to act as you would not. I felt very guilty. My doctor told me it was likely that it was infected 2 or 3 years ago. I did not test it that happened? Who we lied in those years?
On top of the blame, Dimitris was foolish to use predictive prophylaxis when making a suggestion of a friend, known as PrEP. HIV antivirals prevent the infection and are very effective in the way prescribed.
"It was offered for free", he explained. "But I thought to myself -" PrEP is just for people who like to take risks. Why do I need it? & # 39; "
Dimitris assumes a lucky chance at Athens Checkpoint, which earned a great deal of confidence both before and after the test, in just a few minutes.
"I am so glad to explain to my adviser how science has advanced science and how treatment offers modern life," he says.
Apart from the help from the Athens Checkpoint, Dimitris was very fortunate. He recalls: "When my friend was diagnosed, I did not feel comfortable talking to her. I do not know why I regret it, I realized how much comfort I got from my friends. One of them also let me back, never say hello about HIV, and say It was my best time to share my friendship with my friends, which is the best time I've been talking about, almost as an experiment, a sex partner, I thought I would leave it, but it did not matter, it was not so good. "
"HIV has cured me"
George Tsiakalakis, a 37-year-old male who lives with HIV, is the Director of Communication and Counseling in Positive Voice, a member of the Greek society living with HIV. He admits that, since his diagnosis in 2010, he has taken important steps towards the recognition of Greek society, taking into account Checkpoint prevention centers and Positional Voices. There is still a long way to go.
"HIV has cured me," she says. "I got self-confidence through a difficult situation and loneliness, I felt my sexual orientation, and I felt proud and balanced again. However, this difficult journey would be much easier. People were next to me on my sexual health, about prevention and treatment It informed me about the issues, so Positive Voice and Checkpoint centers have seen how gay communities and other groups (people who inject drugs and sex workers). "
George is getting married now; He and his husband have been with her family for two years. Her husband is HIV, but, according to George, "HIV never expresses our love and mutual trust. Like many young people in Greece, my husband believed that HIV was not related to it. However, I was ready to learn, with my doctor and HIV to talk with the positive. Progress in medicine has changed forever forever and, above all, for positive HIV, they build our personal relationships. "
Do not wait for HIV testing reasons; It is always better to know
Telling others about Dimitris is not a reason to try it, it's better to know. "The HIV status is still in secret, and people do not talk about it in Greece. When I went to London, I was surprised how many people mentioned their application's dating profiles. I know all this is a liberator, but still it takes courage to talk about it. to do it ".
George and his husbands have decided to publicly talk about their story, participating in a poster to celebrate the 2018 World AIDS Day, sharing a story called "I am positive."
"My husband's relationship is beautiful and personal, but we have decided to take part in a campaign of HIV Awareness and share our story to spread the message of HIV to the love of two friends," he says.
"Transmission, stereotypes and ignorance are dominated by myths in the public domain, which allows positive HIV to be isolated, lonely and stigmatically, with stigma, love, solidarity, and ability to overcome the problems of HIV. We all are brave and love each other. When we accept it, "George adds.
According to data from the WHO / Europe and European Center for Disease Prevention and Control, males suffer from inadequate HIV. In the European region, 69% of new HIV are men.
Men's sex is the most common form of infectious disease: 37% of people diagnosed in 2017 were infected in the western and central regions of the region.