Estri does not escape the rise in HIV cases

Estri does not escape the rise in HIV cases

The Public Health Agency of Canada reports 1,833 new reported cases of HIV in 2022. An increase of almost 25% is felt in Estri.

We see it from our membership which has still seen a significant increase in requests for services this yearemphasizes La Réplique en Estrie CEO Valerie Samson.

The organization supports people living with HIV or AIDS in the region. In the past, La Réplique received fewer than ten new members per year. This year there are more than twenty people.

This is certainly a cause for concern when we talk about a disease like HIV, the situation with which is still quite stabilized. Everything was going well. We are now seeing a resurgence taking place and this is alarming. We really need to educate people about testing because there are no symptoms of HIV.

The pandemic was highlighted in the latest report, in part, because of the decline in screening and public awareness campaigns.

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