Ha Noi strives to reduce HIV transmissions in community under 0.3%

Tuesday 19/11/2019 16:09

VGP - The capital city of Ha Noi will strive to reduce the ratio of people living with HIV in the community to less than 0.3%, thus minimizing HIV’s influence on the city’s socio-economic development, said Vice Director of the city Department of Health Hoang Duc Hanh.

A report from the department showed that people diagnosed with HIV live in all districts and towns across the city, with 577 out of 584 communes and wards reporting locals with HIV infections.
As of September 30, 2019, the city was home to 22,211 live HIV/AIDS patients.

In the first nine months of 2019, the number of newly-diagnosed cases was 1,238, up 54.8% over the same period last year.

The new cases were mostly males (76.9%) aged from 15-25. The number of people getting the virus through sexual activities continued to rise from 36.2% in 2014 to 65.6% in 2018 and 72.4% in September 2019.

La Thi Lan, Vice Director of Ha Noi Disease Control Centre, said that the city has offered rewards of up to VND1.8 million (US$77.4) to those who manage to persuade people living with HIV to receive ARV therapy.

Doctor Do Huu Thuy from the HIV/AIDS Prevention Department under the Ministry of Health said that as of December 31, 2018, an estimated 250,000 Vietnamese were living with HIV, most of whom had contracted the disease due to sexual acts and were aged between 15 and 49.

Notably, HIV-positive cases among drug users are increasing, especially in the homosexual community, he added.

In Viet Nam, only 80% of HIV people know their health status while some 70% of people diagnosed with HIV receive ARV treatment.

Ha Noi has been conducting various HIV/AIDS prevention and control activities towards the 90-90-90 goal by 2020 (90% of all people living with HIV know their HIV status, 90% of all people with diagnosed HIV receive sustained antiretroviral therapy, and 90% of all people receiving antiretroviral therapy will have viral suppression).

By Thuy Dung

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