High risk from uncovered HIV carriers in HCM City

Friday 15/01/2021 15:32

VGP – An estimated 5,500 HIV carriers have yet been uncovered in Ho Chi Minh City, 30% of whom have high levels of HIV in their body, known as viral suppression with high risk of transmissions. 

The information was released by deputy head of Ho Chi Minh City’s Department of Health Nguyen Huu Hung at a meeting reviewing 30-year HIV/AIDS prevention and control work in the city on January 14. 

Since the first case detected in HCMC in December 1990, the city has reduced the proportion of HIV carriers among drug addicts from 42.3% in 1995 to 18.6% in 1998. 

During the 2000-2010 period, 145 HIV testing and counseling facilities were built while 24 Methadone facilities provided treatment for 5,400 patients. 

In the 2010-2020 phase, the city has achieved 90-90-90 Plan ((90% of people living with HIV will know their HIV status; 90% of people who know their status are on HIV treatment; and 90% of all people on treatment will have undetectable levels of HIV in their body, known as viral suppression).

The city is striving to reach 95-95-95 Plan by 2025 and soon end HIV/AIDS by 2030 though measures to strengthen testing and investigating, Hung affirmed. 

By Thuy Dung  

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