HEALTH / December 1: World AIDS Day


The week is busy for the AIDES association and its partners with numerous awareness-raising and screening actions for AIDS and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in several districts of the territory.

By way of launch, a conference-debate was first held on Monday evening at the AIDES premises in Concordia on the PREP, strategy innovative HIV prevention whose acronym stands for pre-exposure prophylaxis or how to avoid infection thanks to a treatment that starts before and after possible contact with HIV and which is mainly aimed at men who have sex with others men and sex workers, available on prescription with regular monitoring and screening. Doctor François Bissuel, infectious disease specialist at the Louis-Constant Fleming Hospital Center and partner of the AIDES association in this week of actions as well as the Red Cross, ARS, COREVIH and Safe SXM which defends LGBT + rights, underlines the importance of making the target public aware of the existence of PREP, which reduces the risk of transmission by 86%. As a reminder, a person carrying HIV does not systematically transmit the virus. If 1% of the population of Saint-Martin is affected by HIV, which makes the territory of Saint-Martin one of the regions of France most affected by the epidemic, awareness-raising, information and prevention must be general to eradicate this real public health problem which continued to spread silently during the covid health crisis. This December 1 is also a day of memory and remembrance in honor of those who have died of AIDS. Stop disease, stop prejudice, stop inequality. _VX

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Program of actions proposed to the public during this week of the fight against AIDS:

• Thursday, December 1:

— Quartier d'Orléans (near Suki and the market): screening in the health bus of the Red Cross and the Trodibus (equipped mobile bus) of Aides in Quartier d'Orléans (next to the market) from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

— Approval roundabout: screening from 17 p.m. to 22 p.m. (health bus and Trodibus)

— Louis-Constant Fleming Hospital Center: prevention and information stand, as well as a screening day from 9 a.m. to 16 p.m.

— Marigot, Community parking lot: screening from 8 a.m. to 13 p.m.

• Friday December 2:

— Sandy Ground at Dock 46: screening in the two buses and festive entertainment from 19 p.m. to 22 p.m.

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