In 2005 Brazil treated nearly 81,000 people with antiretroviral drugs against hiv, the largest number in its history after an increase of 13% compared to 2014, according to the Brazilian Ministry of Health, that made the announcement this last Thursday.
The figures indicate that, in six years, the increase in the number of people with hiv treated by the public health system has been 97%, from 231,000 people in 2009 to 445,000 in 2015.
This shows that the Brazilian Government has already reached the third of the 90-90-90 goals that was agreed to be achieved by 2020 in order to eliminate hiv.
Brazil has achieved the first goal having 91% of Brazilians adults with hiv on treatment for at least 6 months, showing viral suppression.
“We are getting more people tested, spreading more information, treating more people, the number of notifications is decreasing, showing that there are effective interventions being made,” said the Minister of Health.
This report was published as part of the start of the campaign of the Carnival (from January 27 to February 6) launched by the Brazilian Government, with the slogan “Let the condom in the party”, in order to strengthen the presence of condoms during the festivities.
In 2015, more than 42,300 treatments were delivered to Brazil for PEP, 48,7% more than in 2014, in which 28,400 treatments were distributed.
Dr. Fábio Mesquita also announced that they intend to introduce evidence to verify a possible infection in all pharmacies during the first quarter of 2016.
Currently, the Brazilian Government considers that the hiv epidemic is stable, with a detection rate around 19,7 cases per 100 thousand inhabitants, with 40,000 new cases a year.