Dong Thap: 52,000 people provided with HIV counseling, testing services

Tuesday 16/06/2020 14:20

VGP - The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria has launched 4 million communication programs and HIV tests for 51,000 people, distributed more than 2,500 condoms for HIV carriers and high-risk groups as well as carried out HIV counseling for 52,000 people in the southern province of Dong Thap in 2019.

Dong Thap is one of the 32 localities nationwide to benefit from the 2018-2020 project, which aims to maintain and improve prevention packages for HIV carriers in the community, expand early diagnose through HIV testing at treatment facilities and testing at community as well as upgrade the quality of ARV treatment for HIV carriers and reduce transmission of HIV and deaths of AIDS. 

As many as 22,436 patients have been treated with Methadone under a project sponsored by the Global Fund for HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control in Viet Nam and launched by the Ministry of Health.

Thanks to the project, the number of people tested for HIV at 32 localities made up 72% of the total number of people tested for HIV nationwide. 

Under the Global Fund for HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control, a total number of 113,467 HIV carriers at 32 localities have been treated with ARV, accounting for 86.7%. 

In Dong Thap Province, the project heads to integrate HIV/AIDS counseling services into health programs. 

In 2020, the project will also be carried out, contributing to realize the national strategy on HIV/AIDS prevention and control in Viet Nam, controlling the transmission of HIV in the community under 0.3%. 

Besides, the External quality assessment scheme (EQAS) for HIV serology testing has also been launched, which was established by National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology (NIHE) and has been implementing for HIV laboratory system in Viet Nam since 2006. 

The standard specimen panels were produced at the National Reference Laboratory for HIV - NIHE. After seven years of implementation, number of HIV laboratories has increased significantly from 104 laboratories in round 1 to 398 laboratories in round 8. Percentage of HIV laboratories with correct performance has increased significantly through EQAS rounds.

By Thuy Dung 

 

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