Undetectable = Untransmittable
There is an alarming increase in HIV cases among the young population. In Jalisco, in the first half of 2019, 1,789 infected cases were counted. In Mexico, in 2018 the figure reached 6,781 among Mexican youth, whose ages range from 15 to 34 years old.
Although the impact of COVID in populations with HIV positive status is still unknown, carrying a regimen of medication, undetectable viral load and high CD4 count, predicts a minimum or equal risk as a healthy person for complication of COVID-19. On the other hand, In Mexico, approximately 20 deaths have been associated with COVID-19 and a positive HIV status, where patients were unaware of their status. Now, if we talk about it at an international level and with a high number of tests, the numbers may be alarming. That is why we need to promote and encourage HIV testing, so we can reduce death rates due to COVID-19 and HIV.
Guadalajara Hub and Shapers are proposing mass media as an important strategy, communicating behavioral change in relation to HIV/AIDS prevention. Mass media will be used to promote and inform where someone can do voluntary HIV counseling and testing and to sustain test‐seeking behavior, where we will be providing accompaniment with our partners in the process. Moreover, it is important to show empathy with the HIV community. The other strategy, coupled with mass media campaigns, will be the collaboration and position of HIV posters across the city, with the help of HIV communities. (Imagen available on the website)
It is estimated that a population of 45,000 individuals in Jalisco are infected with HIV and don't know their status. By promoting testing, doing accompaniment, and guidance to get treatment to achieve an undetectable status, we want to cover at least 25% of the population, that means, 9000 to 10,000 for this year and help to reduce COVID-19 deaths related to unknown HIV.