HIV/AIDS in Colombia

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The infected population profile for HIV/AIDS in Colombia is mainly workers from 15 to 46 years old on average, being the second most frequent cause of deaths and the third most expensive disease (surpassed only by dialysis and cancer problems).[citation needed]

The first cases date from 1983, increasing 400 times the first decade, and 600 times between year 1985 and 1993.[citation needed] Bogota and Medellin record slightly higher of half the population infected, and for each woman with HIV, 5-7 men correspond in the same condition. Each day, 18 new cases of AIDS in Colombia are reported.

According to statistics available in Health ministry and social protection, 41,900 Colombians live with AIDS, being 71% of the population people between 15 and 45 years, 23,6% of them not knowing the way they got infected.

Recently, the Social Secure Institute (ISS: instituto de seguridad social) has pointed out that each of the 160.000 patients of AIDS, can take between 2 to 10 years to recover, costing 23 millions pesos (15 thousand dollars) which stands for 22% of the disease prevention program budget.[citation needed]


C. Volcy, Lo malo y lo feo de los microbios, facultad de ciencias, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, p181. (2004).

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