Free PrEP medicine program launched in HCM City

Thursday 13/06/2019 09:15

VGP – The Viet Nam Administration of HIV/AIDS Control (VAAC), under the Ministry of Health on June 11 granted the first free PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis) medicine at a private health center in Ho Chi Minh City. 

The event has landed a crucial mark in the participation of the private health care sector in HIV/AIDS prevention and control program in Viet Nam. 

Since June 2019, PrEP, sponsored by the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) will be distributed free to the community by the Ministry of Health. 

According to the recent statistics, as many as 230,000 HIV carriers were recorded nationwide, 20% of whom were living in Ho Chi Minh City. 

Earlier, condom is the unique measure for prevention of HIV transmissions through sexual behaviors. The realization of the  free PrEP program at health centers monitored by the Community-based Organizations  (CBO) is meaningful in the context that 40% of new HIV carriers are recorded among men who have sex with men (MSM) a year.

PrEP is used when people at very high risk for HIV take HIV medicines daily to lower their chances of getting infected. PrEP is for HIV-negative adults and adolescents who are at very high risk for getting HIV from sex or injection drug use. 

For those at very high risk for HIV, PrEP can significantly reduce risk of HIV infection if taken daily. Daily PrEP use can lower the risk of getting HIV from sex by more than 90% and from injection drug use by more than 70%. 

By Thuy Dung 

 

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