A round table was held in Almaty region


February 10, 2023

On February 10, 2023, in the assembly hall of the secondary school named after Abdolla Karsakbaev in the village of Uzynagash, Zhambyl district, Almaty region, a round table was held on the topic “Youth health and HIV prevention”.

The event was organized by specialists from the Almaty Regional Center for the Prevention and Control of AIDS together with doctors from the Zhambyl regional central hospital. The meeting was attended by school directors and their deputies for educational work.

The methodologist of the Zhambyl district department of education Zeynaleva A. opened the round table with an introductory speech, noting that HIV infection is widespread among young people.The epidemiological situation in the region was explained by the epidemiologist of the prevention department A. Sultanova:

– One of the priority areas of preventive programs is work with young people aged 15-19 years, since in the conditions of the early onset of sexual activity of today's youth, there is an increase in sexually transmitted infections and HIV cases through injecting drug use. Last year, 266 cases of HIV infection were registered in the Almaty region.Among them, 12.8% are injecting drug users, 81.2% - sexually, 0.8% - homosexuals. In this regard, I want to say that people infected with HIV should not be subjected to discrimination and stigma. We must not allow HIV-infected children to be denied admission to school or teachers to be fired, the doctor concluded.

The gynecologist of the Zhambyl district hospital A. Zhylysbek spoke about the dangers of early pregnancy, the narcologist T. Kulimbetov and the psychologist A. Tungyshbaeva focused on the psychological health of boys and girls and gave recommendations on behavioral education.                   In general, the round table was organized at a high level, experts took an active part. In conclusion, the participants expressed their wish that the specialists of the AO AIDS Center hold a seminar for teachers and high school students in each school.

The event was attended by 66 people.          

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