More Ha Noi hospitals launch PrEP service for HIV prevention

Friday 11/09/2020 10:21

VGP – Two more hospitals in Ha Noi, including Ha Noi Dermatology Hospital and Medlatec General Hospital have launched PrEP service with a view to reducing HIV transmissions among high-risk groups.

Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) service for HIV prevention was officially launched in Ha Noi on April 16, 2019. 

PrEP is extremely effective when taken correctly, and would reduce the risk of HIV infection via unsafe sex by 90% or via injection drug use by 70%.

PrEP was first piloted in Ha Noi and Ho Chi Minh City in 2016. 

During this expansion period, the Viet Nam Administration for HIV/AIDS Control in coordination with projects and organizations made PrEP available at 43 private and state clinics in 11 provinces and cities. Over 2,000 people are using the service.

PrEP is a preventive medicine that, when taken daily, has been shown to reduce the risk of HIV infection by up to 92%.

CDC/PEPFAR is supporting the Government of Viet Nam to expand PrEP services to key populations in both private and public facilities, with the first patients enrolled in April 2019.

PrEP is a powerful HIV prevention tool and a cornerstone of the CDC/PEPFAR strategy to reduce the number of new HIV cases in Viet Nam and meet the UNAIDS 90-90-95 targets by 2020 (by 2020, 90% of all people living with HIV will know their HIV status; 90% of all people with diagnosed HIV infection will receive sustained antiretroviral treatment; and 95% of all people receiving antiretroviral treatment will be virally suppressed).

As of June 2020, Viet Nam detected around 250,000 HIV carriers, including 100,000 fatalities, in all provinces and cities, official statistics show.

By Thuy Dung 

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