1st December – World AIDS Day
Today is World AIDS Day, a date that aims to alert the population to the importance of prevention in relation to this disease.
AIDS (Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome) is characterized by a disease caused by HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) that attacks the blood and immune system leaving the body vulnerable to other more serious diseases. This virus is transmitted through sexual intercourse, contact with infected blood or from mother to child during pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding.
Currently, about 37 million people lives with the disease, but many are unaware that they have it. Although there is no cure for AIDS, there are medicines that prevent the transmission of the disease and antiretrovirals that prevent the disease from advancing to a more severe level.
In Angola, AIDS is seen as a serious epidemic that kills about 130 thousand people a year. According to data from the Angolan National AIDS Institute (INLS), 310 thousand people live with the disease, of which 27 thousand are children, 190 thousand women and 21 thousand pregnant women.
There is great concern about the high rate of transmission of the disease, especially from mother to child, as only 34% of identified pregnant women are in treatment.
Elnor Pharma contributes to the global fight against HIV/AIDS by increasing access to high quality and affordable products. Prevention is fundamental through condom use, so we have partnered with world condom manufacturers, and we have a full range of antiretrovirals, including first-line, second-line drugs and pediatric formulations.