Training course on PrEP program launched

Tuesday 28/07/2020 14:21

VGP – The Viet Nam Administration for HIV/AIDS Control (VAAC) has organized a training course on Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) program for reporters from seven localities.

PrEP is a way for people who do not have HIV but are at a very high risk of getting HIV to prevent HIV infection by taking a pill every day.

According to the VAAC, at present, Viet Nam records around 230,000 HIV carriers. Remarkably, the health sector warns that the number of HIV carriers among men who have sex with men (MSM) tends to increase. 

The PrEP program is being launched effectively in Viet Nam. Currently, 6,565 people are using PrEP.

PrEP is the best way to prevent HIV transmission as you are not infected with HIV/AIDS, Dr. Ramona Bhatia, Chief Medical Advisor from Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Viet Nam said, adding that PrEP is safe and effective for even pregnant women. 

PrEP can be used for anyone at high risk of HIV, including MSM, transgender or people sharing syringes. 

The communication work plays a crucial role in the success of the PrEP program, which helps Viet Nam ensure sustainable achievements in HIV/AIDS prevention and control, heading to obtain 90-90-90 Plan as commitment to the United Nations.

By the end of 2020, more than 7,300 people at high risk of having HIV may get access to PrEP at 11 localities including Ho Chi Minh City, Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province, Long An Province, Binh Duong Province, Dong Nai Province, Tay Ninh Province, Tien Giang Province, Ha Noi, Thai Nguyen Province, Quang Ninh Province and Hai Phong City. 

By the end of 2021, the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) will provide PrEP program for 30,000 customers at 11 key localities, 75 public establishments and 15 private establishments. 

By Thuy Dung 

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