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Cuba’s priorities to reduce infection risks are the prevention and control of HIV/AIDS and the improvement of people’s quality of life.

Students and professionals from the Ministry of Justice, as well as epidemiologists and other specialists from Santiago de Cuba province participating in the forum “Women, HIV/AIDS and Drugs”, stressed the importance of raising awareness among the people about the rights and duties of those who live with this virus.

During a keynote lecture, specialist Sadiuska Velez referred to the changes of behavior and life style, mainly among high-risk groups such as sexually active adolescents, women and men with more than one sexual partner and men who have sex with other men.

Velez recalled that there are more than 33 million people infected with the virus currently living in the world while over 6,800 get infected every day and 5,700 die for this cause.

In Cuba, the epidemic is regarded as of low risk and slow growth with a higher impact in urban areas and among the male population with 81% of all cases confirmed – mainly men who have sex with other men.


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