Today, 1 December, is the world day for the fight against AIDS. An opportunity to take stock of the spread of HIV, but above all to keep attention in prevention. In 2021 in Verbano Cusio Ossola there were seven new cases of HIV (6 males and 1 woman with an average age of 41 years). “This testifies to the fact that the infection is progressing for the adult group and not for the adolescent one in our province” explain from the ASL Vco. I am currently followed by the Infectious Diseases clinic of Verbania 320 seropositive, of which 99% in antiretroviral therapy.
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In the Infectious Diseases Outpatient Clinic of the Castelli di Verbania hospital of the Asl Vco it is possible to contact for a free and anonymous test and to receive information about the HIV virus and other sexually transmitted infections; the clinic is open to the public from Monday to Friday from 8 to 10 by appointment (by calling 0323.541329).
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Training and prevention are also in the foreground. “It is increasingly important to promote good health promotion practices starting from the new generations – the ASL explains in a note -. I am alone personal behaviors, in fact, that can make a difference. The Contorno Viola Association, in collaboration with the ASL Vco, continues the Peer & Media Education projects in high schools, integrating the problems of Covid prevention. There are unfortunately still a lot of incorrect information, confused and imaginative spread among young people, in particular on the web that conveys a real culture of fake news. For this reason it is essential to preside over social networks with scientifically correct messages “.