Can Tho: 97% of new HIV carriers transmitted through sexual behaviors

Thursday 27/02/2020 15:16

VGP – The southern city of Can Tho uncovered 320 new HIV carriers, 17 ones developing full-blown AIDS and 31 deaths of HIV/AIDS in 2019, according to the city’s HIV/AIDS prevention and control center. 

As many as 6,480 HIV carriers have been recorded in the city and 2,497 deaths of the disease. 

Among new HIV carriers, 97% were transmitted through sexual behaviors, focusing on those aged 15-35 and tending to increase among the 16-25 age group.

HIV transmissions among men who have sex with men (MSM) accounted for 53% of new HIV carriers last year. 

Around 1,985 MSMs are recorded in the city, listed among top 5 localities with the highest proportion of HIV transmissions among MSM nationwide. 

The proportion of HIV transmissions among MSM continues to attain high growth at 20.3% in 2019 while the proportion in the nation only reaches 10.17%. 

In the city, traditional HIV prevention intervention was launched synchronously but the proportion of condom use among MSM only makes up 44%.  

Director for Can Tho City’s HIV/AIDS prevention and control center Huynh Minh Truc said that scientific evidence has proved that the ARV treatment may reduce the risk of HIV transmission to 90%. 

About 2,200 customers will get access to free PrEPmedicine and testing services during the 2019-2020 period, which is regarded as a new progress in expanding HIV prevention intervention programs in the city. 

With the aim of achieving the 90-90-90 Plan by 2020 (90% of people living with HIV will know their HIV status, 90% of people who know their HIV-positive status will be accessing treatment and 90% of people on treatment will have suppressed viral loads), the city has enhanced such activities as distributing more condoms and syringes, promoting Methadone treatment and PrEP and supporting health insurance and ARV treatment for HIV carriers. 

By Thuy Dung 

 

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