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HIV/AIDS efforts save 150,000 people

Released at: 11:06, 08/08/2015

HIV/AIDS efforts save 150,000 people

Conference told activities to treat people with HIV have greatly limited the onset of AIDS.

by Hoai An

On August 7 the Vietnam Administration of HIV/AIDS Control (VAAC) under the Ministry of Health held a conference entitled “Communication on HIV-AIDS Prevention in 2015”.

Deputy General Director of VAAC, Mr. Hoang Dinh Canh, addressed the conference on the prevention and fight against HIV/AIDS in 2015. Since the first HIV case was identified in Ho Chi Minh City in 1990, by June 2015 the number of people who were HIV-positive was 227,144, of which 71,115 people developed AIDS. There were 74,442 fatalities from disease. Some 260,000 HIV-positive people are now living in the community.

Mr. Canh also highlighted that the care and treatment of HIV/AIDS has seen major achievements over the last ten years. By June 2015 the number of HIV-positive people who had been treated with antiretroviral (ARV) drugs reached 96,000, a significant increase from 500 people in 2004. The care and treatment of HIV/AIDS has been actively expanded and integrated into the general health system and decentralized to local health care facilities to ensure sustainability, increase accessibility, and reduce travel costs while enhancing treatment adherence among patients.

Fifty per cent of districts in the country have treatment facilities for HIV/AIDS and 500 medical aid stations have allocated ARV for patients. ARV treatment not only significantly reduced the number of AIDS deaths annually but also decreased the possibility of HIV transmission to others to approximately 95 per cent. Activities in Vietnam prevented nearly 150,000 people from dying from AIDS in the 2001-2015 period.

To further curb the disease local authorities and related departments and ministries need to direct and organize the implementation of HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention programs.

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