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World AIDS Day study shows: Men are too careless about the risk of HIV
Researchers have now found that men with HIV die more often than women. This seems to be because men often don't know about their infection. Men are therefore less likely to seek medical treatment; they start therapy too late or interrupt their treatment.
In their current study, scientists from the UN organization UNAids found that men die more often from the consequences of HIV than women. The experts published a press release on the results of their study on the occasion of World AIDS Day.
36.7 million people have HIV
There are a total of around 36.7 million people in the world who are infected with HIV. However, many of the men affected do not know anything about their illness. Because infected men are less likely to be tested than infected women, the risk of death in men increases. According to UNAids researchers, less than half of all men with HIV worldwide also receive medical treatment. For comparison: Around 60 percent of women with HIV are being treated. In addition, the results of the study showed that men often start therapy too late and interrupt their treatment more often.
Condoms are used less frequently in certain regions
In sub-Saharan Africa, men are 20 percent less likely to know about their own HIV status than women, the study authors say. When it comes to protection against infection, older men in this region in particular use condoms less frequently at their one-night stands, the scientists continue. Of course, the result is increased HIV infection among those affected.
Men should protect themselves, their sexual partners and their family from HIV
In 2016, 36.7 million people around the world were infected with HIV. However, fewer than 21 million people had access to antiretroviral drugs. UNAIDS director Michel Sidibé said that if men took part in the programs to fight HIV, they and their families could benefit in three ways. They protect themselves, their sexual partners and their families.
In 2016, one million people died from the consequences of HIV
In 2016, around one million people died of AIDS or an illness associated with HIV. This year alone, 1.8 million people were newly infected with the disease, the doctors explain. Gay men in particular often develop AIDS. The study found that 15 percent of homosexual men in the world live with AIDS in more than ten countries. These included, for example, Mexico and Nigeria.
Under no circumstances should people with HIV be excluded
The annual World AIDS Day took place on December 1st this year. The aim of World AIDS Day is to sensitize people to meet people with HIV without prejudice and fear. Such people should not be marginalized and should continue to be treated like any other person in our society. It is important that family, friends and acquaintances treat the people infected with HIV as normal and that they can continue to be part of their familiar social environment, the experts emphasize. World AIDS Day has the motto: Live together positively.
Men need to take HIV prevention measures
Some anti-AIDS programs are designed to target the differences between the sexes, which are often the cause of the risk of infection for women and girls. "But there is a blind spot in men. Men do not use HIV prevention or testing services and do not take treatments to the same extent as women, ”said Michel Sidibé of UNAIDS. (as)