K=K Campaign helps VN soon reach 90-90-90 Plan

Friday 09/10/2020 10:58

VGP - The Undetectable=Untransmittable or K=K Campaign has proved that Viet Nam is successfully achieved the third target of the 90-90-90 Plan (90% of all people on treatment have undetectable levels of HIV in their body, known as viral suppression).

Deputy head of the Viet Nam Administration for HIV/AIDS Control (VAAC), under the Ministry of Health Hoang Dinh Canh said that as of June 2020, Viet Nam has reached that 83% of people living with HIV know their HIV status; 75% of people who know their status are on HIV treatment; and 96% of all people on treatment have undetectable levels of HIV in their body, known as viral suppression. 

Viet Nam is on the right track by expanding services to each commune, launching early treatment and improving the quality of treatment, he asserted, adding that one spotlight is that health insurance is paying treatment fee for patients, ensuring sustainability for treatment programs.  

However, Viet Nam as well as other countries in the world, is facing big challenges to soon end AIDS by 2030. 

According to the statistics of the VAAC, each year, Viet Nam records 10,000 new HIV carriers and 3000-4000 deaths of AIDS. 

As many as 40,000 alive HIV carriers have not gotten access to medicine treatment in the country while the international sponsor for this work has been reduced. Thus the nation has to use State and local budgets for HIV/AIDS prevention and control work. 

Canh also referred to discriminations against HIV/AIDS carriers, which is regarded as a barrier for HIV carriers. 

Around 140,000 patients are being treated with ARV. The K=K Campaign has been launched at 11 localities. 

The VAAC with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), marked the launch of the National K=K Campaign  at Bach Mai National Hospital in Ha Noi, on October 22, 2019. 

Viet Nam is the first PEPFAR country to release national guidelines on K=K implementation. Developed with the technical support of CDC, the K=K guidelines endorse the scientific findings from four major studies that prove that HIV cannot be transmitted sexually when the HIV-positive partner is on continuous effective treatment with an undetectable viral load.

The guidelines lay out how Viet Nam’s provinces can scale up K=K in health facilities and for health providers, patients, and affected communities. Provinces are expected to commence K=K communication activities for the campaign period and continue through World AIDS Day (December 1) until the end of the year.

By Thuy Dung 

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