BUHASDER Board Member Specialist Dr. Semiha Ekinci: “Only in 2020, 1.5 million people became infected with AIDS and approximately 700 thousand people died because of this”
“By opening this stand in the shadow of the Kovid-19 pandemic, we aimed to tell our people how this disease is transmitted and how it is not transmitted, to provide education on ways to prevent it, and to bring people living with AIDS into the society without excluding them,” he said.
In the booth set up by the association in Kadıköy bazaar, brochures were distributed by infectious diseases specialists to raise awareness of citizens against AIDS.
Experts also conducted a survey in order to understand the awareness level and knowledge of the society about HIV virus and AIDS, and to plan education according to the results in the future. On the other hand, the attention was drawn to HIV and AIDS with banners such as “Exclude HIV Positives”, “Take the Test”, “Don’t be afraid, touch”, “You are not alone”, “Protect”.
BUHASDER Board Member Specialist Dr. Semiha Ekinci, speaking to Anadolu Agency (AA), stated that the most important mission of the association is to carry out medical and social studies, to create projects, to organize educational activities and organizations in order to prevent and minimize the effects of infectious diseases, which are a social problem.
Stating that during the new type of coronavirus (Kovid-19) epidemic, epidemic diseases such as AIDS, which exist all over the world, and endemic diseases such as tuberculosis, which are common in Turkey, remained in the background, Ekinci said that raising awareness of the society about these diseases and explaining the ways of protection are their primary preventive medicine duties. .
Specialist Dr. Ekinci said that on December 1, World AIDS Day, they opened a booth in Istanbul Kadıköy and Izmir Alsancak simultaneously and distributed brochures to the public, answered the questions of infectious disease specialists, doctors from other branches and health workers and the public, informing them face to face, thus informing the public about AIDS. He stated that they aim to increase the level of education and to do preventive medicine by explaining the methods of protection.
Semiha Ekinci stated that since the beginning of the AIDS epidemic, approximately 80 million people have been infected with AIDS and more than 35 million people have died due to AIDS-related diseases.
“Only in 2020, 1.5 million people became infected with AIDS and approximately 700 thousand people lost their lives because of this. By opening this stand in the shadow of the Kovid-19 pandemic, we wanted to tell our people how this disease was transmitted and how it was not transmitted, to provide education about ways to prevent it and to fight AIDS.” We aimed to reintegrate living people into society by not excluding them. If AIDS settles in our cells called the immune system, which forms the basis of our immune system and protects us from infections, and if not treated, the body cannot fight infections because the immune system is damaged, and risks serious illness and death. He tells that he is infected with the AIDS virus.
Noting that the treated patients can lead a healthy life before they reach the AIDS stage, Ekinci said that it is important to prevent the blood and sexual fluids of people living with AIDS from entering the body for basic prevention. emphasized the importance of having an AIDS test before and during pregnancy.
Ekinci, “AIDS sweat-spit-tears, common fork, spoon, plate or sneezing and coughing, mosquito or insect bites, common shower, sink, toilet and clothes, towels and beds, handshaking, hugging, kissing or the same It is not transmitted by being in the environment.” gave the information.
Pointing out that AIDS is now a treatable chronic disease, Ekinci concluded his words as follows:
“With new developments, we are now treating our patients using 1 or 2 tablets a day without side effects. In 2020, 73 percent of those diagnosed all over the world reach treatment. With these treatments, the disease has reached a controllable point and the life expectancy is as long as those in their own age group. We should not forget the fact that as a result of the developments in treatment, only drugs prevent the spread of the disease, although it takes the disease under control.”