On December 1, health professionals from the Clinic for Infectious Diseases, University Clinical Center Tuzla and Bosnian and Herzegovinian medical students organized a series of public events to commemorate World AIDS Day 2021, and reflect upon our worldwide response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic. This year’s awareness-raising activities included free counseling services, HIV, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C, blood pressure and blood sugar testing for the citizens of Tuzla in shopping mall Omega.
Dr. Denis Žepić, specialist in infectious diseases said that the citizens responded to campaign very good and all planned rapid test for HIV, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C were used yesterday.
HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) is a virus that attacks the body’s immune system. If left untreated, HIV can lead to the disease AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome).
This year the day is celebrated under the theme ” Equalize” that refers to persistent economic, social, cultural and legal inequalities and challenges posed by the COVID- 19 pandemic and other global crisis requires renewed efforts to maintain visibility for HIV and to end AIDS as a public health threat.
The detection and management of early HIV infection is very important prevention measure, both for individual treatment and HIV transmission. The treatment that starts early is more successful.
The Counseling Centre for voluntary, confidential and free testing for HIV and Hepatitis C virus of the Clinic for Infectious Diseases is offering anonymous HIV/AIDS and hepatitis testing and any kind of help for patients free of charge through the year.
Medication used for the treatment and care are for the patients completely free of charge. The costs of medical treatments are funded through the Cantonal Health Insurance.