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A large number of students participated in the operation that took place at the Andrés Bello Campus.

The numbers of HIV infected people have increased exponentially in our country, mainly among young people between 20 and 29 years, being the Coquimbo Region one of the areas of the country that shows a greater increase of new confirmed cases, with an increase of 82% according to data from the Institute of Public Health (ISP).

continue exams vih uls 2Given these worrisome figures and the relevance of raising awareness among the community regarding the issue and taking appropriate prevention measures, the University of La Serena has promoted the HIV rapid test application campaign, whose new version was carried out in the parking lot of the Andrés Bello Campus.

The rapid test is free and confidential, and is aimed at the diagnosis of HIV, delivering the results in just 15 minutes.

In this new day of the campaign called by the General Directorate of Student Affairs (Dept. of Health), there were a hundred available places, which were fully used by students.

"It's a super good initiative because it allows all young university students to take this exam. If this is not done here at the University, I am sure that many would not do it because it is a subject that in hospitals and clinics is very bureaucratic, "said the student Felipe Muñoz.

continue exams vih uls 3The student Francisco Pastén, meanwhile, said that "it is very important to give the instances to perform this test, due to the context that the country is living with respect to this disease and the high rates of HIV that have occurred in many young people. Also for the little sexual education about it, both at home and in schools and universities. Although HIV has treatment, it is a disease that affects a lot in work and social life ".

This campaign, which reflects the concern of the ULS for the health and well-being of its students, has been carried out thanks to the partnership between the University, the Student Federation, the Seremi de Salud and the CESFAM Juan Pablo II de la Serena, and will continue to be held in different university campuses.

Written by Camila Hermosilla and Sebastián Veliz, students of Journalism

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