At its meeting this week, the Governing Council of the Community of Madrid has authorized two agreements between the Ministry of Health and the Spanish Red Cross to act in population groups that, due to their social situation, have a higher probability of abandoning treatment against it. Virus. Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and tuberculosis.
The agreements implemented this year represent a total investment of 402,581 euros, of which 252,131 are for HIV and 150,450 for interventions against tuberculosis. Although the incidence of both pathologies is decreasing in the region, they are still considered a public health problem worldwide and it is essential to continue to reach groups who may have difficulty complying with treatment due to their condition.
In the case of HIV, this may cause the patient to develop resistance to antiretroviral drugs, increasing the likelihood of transmitting this drug-resistant virus. The agreement now signed includes monitoring the treatment of these patients in vulnerable conditions through mobile units, either at their home or at a place of their choosing.
In the case of tuberculosis, in addition to the action of professionals accompanying the patient to ensure compliance with the medication regimen, the agreement also includes the active search for people who may be sick or infected in specific groups that present difficulties because of . social status.
All these actions are carried out in coordination with the Directorate General of Public Health of the Ministry of Health and various social services of the regional government and city councils.