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HIV: the number of tests and new diagnoses decreasing in France in 2020


In 2020, the number of discoveries of HIV seropositivity and bacterial sexually transmitted infections (STIs) fell sharply in ...

In 2020, the number of discoveries of HIV seropositivity and bacterial sexually transmitted infections (STIs) was down sharply due to a decrease in screening linked to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Health agency said on Tuesday, November 30. public France.

The number of HIV seropositive discoveries in 2020 was thus estimated at 4,856, a decrease of 22% compared to 2019. With 5.2 million HIV serologies carried out by medical biology laboratories, the HIV screening activity , which had increased between 2013 and 2019, decreased by 14% between 2019 and 2020.

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"These data must however be interpreted with caution, the Covid-19 pandemic having resulted in a drop in the participation of health professionals in the various surveillance systems"

, notes the public health agency in a press release.

"The decrease in the number of diagnoses of HIV infection is mainly explained by the decrease in the use of screening in 2020, especially during the first confinement"

, explains Florence Lot, from the infectious diseases department of Public Health France, cited in the report. communicated.

"It could also be due to lower exposure to HIV linked to social distancing measures."

Consequence of this decline in screening: a possible delay in diagnosis and access to antiviral treatments, the preventive effect of which has a direct impact on the dynamics of the epidemic, notes the agency, on the eve of the World Day of struggle against AIDS.

In 2020, 30% of HIV infections were discovered at an advanced stage of infection, which constitutes a loss of opportunity in terms of individual management and a risk of transmitting HIV to partners before starting antiretroviral treatment. .

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Source: lefigaro

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