The Fundo PositHiVo was established in 2014 with the goal of helping organizations that work in the area of sexually transmitted diseases, HIV / AIDS and viral hepatitis to find financial and management solutions.
The classification “risk group”, when speaking in preventing HIV infection, no longer exists. Currently, the activist and research communities refer to “key population” – people who have behavior most vulnerable to infection.
It is estimated that about 718,000 Brazilians are living with HIV / AIDS. The number is more than ten modern World Cup stadiums filled to capacity, and highlights the importance of social mobilization around this topic.
Having HIV is not the same as having AIDS. AIDS is the stage of disease that evolves from HIV. Remember that HIV is transmitted through unprotected sex or sharing of needles.
There are an increasing number of young people infected with HIV (aged 13 to 19 years).
Every sexually active person should seek a health care facility or NGO get tested for oral fluid periodically to know their HIV status.
You can have an STD and show no symptoms for months or even years, so it’s important to always use condoms and get tested regularly.
Hepatitis – yellow skin and eyes, dark urine and pale stools are symptoms common to all types of hepatitis.
Hepatitis is a silent disease, which doesn’t always have symptoms. Types B and C of the disease are present in millions of people in Brazil, which doesn’t include those that have already been diagnosed; so it is important to get tested regularly.
There are vaccines for hepatitis A and B. For type B, the vaccine has three doses. After taking just three doses one is protected. The C type, however, has no vaccine. Therefore, it is important to get tested for hepatitis C periodically.
The hepatitis D and E are rare in Brazil and require a greater amount of data. Type D is known to occur more in the Amazon region.