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International camp for children with HIV to open on Issyk-Kul lake

An international camp for children living with HIV will be opened on Issyk-Kul lake. The press center of the Ministry of Health reported.

According to AIDS Republican Center, as of May 1, 2018, at least 7,666 HIV cases among citizens of the country have been registered.

The number includes more than 600 children with HIV-positive status.

«We asked UNICEF to support the idea of ​​organizing in 2018 an International summer camp for children living with HIV, and received consent. We reached a preliminary agreement that pediatricians, psychologists and sociologists, working with these minors, as well as the children themselves and their parents will be trained on the basis of this camp,» the Director of AIDS Republican Center Ulan Kadyrbekov told the press center of the Ministry of Health of the Kyrgyz Republic.

More than 170 participants from Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan, as well as more than 15 international trainers from Germany, USA, Russia and Ukraine are expected.

«Children take medications every day and ask questions. Many parents can not answer. Revealing the status allows children to consciously adhere to antiretroviral therapy. It is therefore necessary to prepare a teenage mind to the fact that HIV is an infectious disease that is currently incurable, but taking drugs they get a real opportunity to extend the life expectancy without limitations in its quality,» the Ministry of Health noted.