First HIV carrier in VN lives healthily over 30 years

Thursday 19/11/2020 10:22

VGP – The first uncovered HIV carrier in Viet Nam, a woman residing in Ho Chi Minh City, has lived healthily over the recent 30 years receiving treatment at Ho Chi Minh City-based Hospital for Tropical Diseases. 

The information was released at a press conference on the occasion of the National Action Month on HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control on November 17. 

The first HIV-infected case was detected in 1990 when she was 30. The patient said that she has had HIV from her partner. She has been provided with ARV treatment since 1997. 

If a HIV carrier receives early treatment, he or she may reach the longevity as a healthy person. 

Speaking at the event, Deputy head of Viet Nam Administration for HIV/AIDS Control Hoang Dinh Canh said that the case is a proof to the high-quality treatment in Viet Nam. 

Viet Nam has been recognized as one of the four countries providing the best HIV/AIDS treatment in the world. The proportion of HIV carriers receiving ARV treatment having viral suppression has reached 96%, contributing to reducing HIV transmission in the community, Canh said.  

Currently, among 230,000 alive HIV carriers, 190,000 of whom know their status. As many as 153,000 HIV carriers have been treated with ARV. 

Over the recent decade, Viet Nam has succeeded in achieving the targets of reducing the number of new HIV carriers, the number of HIV carriers developing full-blown AIDS and HIV/AIDS-related deaths as well as controlling the HIV transmission in the community under 0.3%. 

Since 2000, the country has helped 500,000 people protect themselves from being transmitted with HIV and 200,000 ones die of AIDS. 

Each year, Viet Nam still records 10,000 new HIV carriers and 2,000-3,000 deaths of AIDS. 

By Thuy Dung

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