On the eve of the World AIDS Day, which is celebrated on December 1, the Pskov region will host the all-Russia "Must Know" action that will take place in the Pskov region, the press service of the regional administration has reported.
The action will connect with the city of Pskov and Velikie Luka, as well as with the municipalities of the region. Mass educational and diagnostic activities in open spaces, parents' meetings and school hours in educational institutions, online and sports programs will take place everywhere.
On Saturday, December 1, anonymous and free HIV tests for everyone, a quiz to determine the level of knowledge of residents about HIV infection and the relay "Stay healthy" will start at the Aquapolis shopping center in Pskov at 12:00. In addition, street flash mobs, selfie marathon, quests, mass loading will take place in the regional center.
In Velikiy Luki, distribution of information materials on city streets is planned, interrogation of high school students, organization of lectures, training and surveys in schools and sports competitions.
As part of the campaign, there is an active information campaign in the Pskov region: TV and radio spots about HIV / AIDS are broadcast on radio and television, billboards have been installed, and social advertising has been placed in urban transport.
According to Iraida Sivacheva, Chief Medical Officer at the AIDS Prevention and Control Center, the Pskov region retains Russia's status in a region with low rates of HIV infection. Currently, 147 infected people live in the region, while the Russian average is 679. Most people in the older age group are infected: from 30 to 39 years and from 40 to 50 years.
In 90% of cases this occurs during unprotected intercourse, in 5% – when injecting intravenous narcotic substances, individual cases were recorded among people with non-traditional sexual orientation. According to data from the 10 months of this year, 20% of the population in the region was tested for HIV, 85 new cases of infection were detected.
World AIDS Day is celebrated every year on December 1, starting from 1988. The day was established to raise awareness of the AIDS epidemic caused by the spread of HIV, as well as a day to commemorate the victims of this disease.