PrEP treatment helps 700 people not infected with HIV

Wednesday 04/11/2020 07:43

VGP – A seminar on PrEP treatment during the 2018-2020 period and 2021 plan took place on November 3 in Ho Chi Minh City. 

The event was jointly organized by the Viet Nam Administration for HIV/AIDS Control, under the Ministry of Health and USAID/PATH Healthy Markets project under the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). 

The event aims to review the implementation of the PrEP at 14 localities in the South and discuss measures to speed up the coverage of PrEP, heading to end AIDS by 2030. 

Speaking at the event, head of the VAAC said that Viet Nam has gained achievements in HIV/AIDS prevention and control, including the reduction of new HIV carriers, deaths of HIV/AIDS and controlling HIV transmission in the community under 0.3%. 

HIV transmissions among high-risk groups witnessed remarkable reduction, especially among drug addicts decreasing from 30% to 10% while HIV transmissions among prostitutes reduced by 30%. 

Meanwhile, HIV transmissions among men who have sex with men sharply increased from 3% during the 2010-2012 period to 12-15% at present.  

Since being launched on a trial basis in 2017, the PrEP treatment has been expanded to 15 localities in November, 2019. The treatment is ready to be implemented at 26 provinces and cities thanks to the support of the US Government, the Global Fund and the Vietnamese Government. 

More than 13,000 people have registered for PrEP treatment,  Long said, adding that each year, the treatment is expected to help 700 people to not get infected with HIV. 

By Thuy Dung

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