About two-thirds of those who are infected with HIV (in Klaipeda region) cannot meet their doctors. That indicates that health service is hardly accessible or it is just simply missing. By receiving funding from Klaipeda‘s municipal administration, association „Pozityvus gyvenimas“ will try to fill-up this gap.
This spring association, that unites HIV/AIDS-people and their relatives, received funding for social project „Increasing accessibility of service for HIV-infected people and risk groups“. This project received 904 euros as a partial amount of support. It will help to reduce the spread of HIV and will improve health care service and threatening for people with AIDS.
„Situation of service for this group of people is not good enough in Lithuania, but Klaipeda is special because it is entertainment city, in which during the season many people comes to entertain their selves and to seek for new adventures. Their risky „social experiments“, after the season ends, leave problems, which has to be solved by us- the citizens of port city. To avoid that kind of problems, we have to ensure preventive activities, to reduce received harm,“- says the head of association „Pozityvus Gyvenimas“ Jurgis Andriuška.
He points out that at this moment health care services for HIV-infected people in Klaipeda are provided only in Klaipeda University Hospital, which is at the edge of the city. As a result, some people with HIV, who has drug addiction, for many social problems does not come to medical institution, which is in quite uncomfortable, hardly reachable geographical location. Usually, they are disappearing from doctors’ view. This is increasing the risk for a person’s health, as well as possible uncontrolled HIV spreading in Klaipeda region. For the same reasons HIV diagnostics is harmed too.
Moreover, because of the lack of government funding, HIV-infected patients receive less health service than they should have. In Klaipeda health service is given only two times in a week, for few hours, that is why it limits their availability.
That medical service for HIV-infected ones are not sufficiently available also proves data, given by National Health Insurance Fund. Although by 2014 November 1 Lithuania indicated 2350 ZIV-infected people, in 2012 the primary ambulatory health care services or ambulatory consultations were provided only for 509 people; In the year of 2013 - 584, 2014 - 703 individuals. Of these in Klaipeda Country: 2012 - 112, 2013 - 121, 2014 - 152.
„Received government funding would help us at least partly to ensure public awareness, discussions with social partners for the possibility to improve services accessibility“- hopes the head of association. First steps to improve this situation have already been made- association renewed their cooperation agreement with Klaipeda Addiction Center, by searching for opportunities to setup an office there and to cooperate with the doctors.
According to the data, which was given by Containable Diseases and AIDS Center, in 2014 within ten months was recorded 113 new HIV-infection cases. Overall in Lithuania, till 2014 November 1, were recorded 2350 HIV-positives, of which 1886 are men, and 464 are women. Mainly and almost equally of new infections were registered in Klaipeda (30) and Vilnius (29) regions; In Kaunas – 17, Siauliai – 14, Utena – 5, Marijampole -4, Panevezys - 3 and Telsiai -3, Taurage and Alytus, each of them, has two new HIV cases.
According to Drug, Tobacco and Alcohol Control department, Klaipeda, Vilnius and Kaunas regions are the most problematic ones, talking about psychoactive substance usage and HIV infection.