The last month of the year is the awareness period for the risk of sexually transmitted diseases – STDs. In Cristalândia the Municipal Health Department started last Tuesday (11) with the actions of Red December, the name of the campaign that refers to the theme, which mainly aims at HIV / AIDS.
The action was attended by the health team of the family of the Basic Health Unit (UBS) Frei do Rosario, who visited the ceramics trade in the municipality, communicated guidelines and carried out rapid tests of hepatitis B and C, HIV and other diseases.
At that time, the Minister of Health said that the lack of information and established taboos are the main factors that impede access to treatment. "The campaign aims to provide guidance on HIV / AIDS and other STDs so that people know how to protect themselves and get the help they need," he said.
For Mayor Cleiton Batatinha the project strengthens health actions and management's commitment to provide the population with information and effective actions. "The best way to prevent a disease is information, it's our job to enter into a dialogue with the community so that everyone knows how to protect themselves and find the right treatment," he said.
HIV in Tocantins
In Tocantins, according to the State Department of Health, 2,985 people with HIV live, Araguaína is the municipality with the highest number of cases, with 1,302 reports. The rapid test for virus detection can be performed free of charge in the public health network. The best alternative for combating disease transmission remains prevention.