HIV/AIDS prevention, control work in 2019 reviewed

Friday 03/01/2020 14:00

VGP – The management board for HIV/AIDS prevention and control projects, under the Viet Nam Administration for AIDS Control (VAAC) on January 3 organized a meeting to review works in 2019 and launch tasks for 2020. 

Speaking at the meeting, head of the VAAC Nguyen Hoang Long highlighted 10 remarkable HIV/AIDS prevention and control achievements in 2019.

These included expanding and diversifying HIV testing with nearly three million HIV testing samples carried out, nearly 10,000 new HIV carriers detected in the year, 53,000 drug addicts treated with Methadone, providing PrEP treatment for more than 5,000 ones, 142,000 HIV carriers treated with ARV, 95% of patients treated with ARV having undetectable levels of HIV in their body, known as viral suppression and switching the payment of ARV treatment from foreign aid to the health insurance fund for 50,000 patients.

At the event, delegates listened to the report on the outcomes of projects launched  in 2019, guidance to realizing plans for 2030, reporting system and the quality of statistics on the reports. 

Leaders of the VUSTA Component Project – The Global fund Supported Project on HIV/AIDS and the Department of Health, under the Ministry of Public Security referred to their coordination in launching work in 2019 and discussed ways to tackle difficulties and obstacles for the upcoming years. 

The Global fund Supported Project on HIV/AIDS aims to control HIV transmissions among population under 3% and reduce the impacts of HIV/AIDS on socio-economic development. 

Other tasks of the project consists of maintenance and improvement of necessary package services to reduce by 25% of HIV carriers among drug addicts and 20% of people infected by HIV through sexual behaviors compared to 2015 as well as expanding early diagnosis to realise the target of 90% of alive HIV carriers knowing their status. 

2019 is the second successive year the project has been carried out during the 2018-2020 period. The project has been launched at 32 localities nationwide. 

By Thuy Dung 

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