Vietnam strives more HIV-infections to access to antiiretroviral treatment

One of the targets that Vietnam is striving for is 90 percent of HIV-infected people to access to the antiiretroviral treatment.

Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam said that it is a big challenge for the country; however, the government will determind to complete for people’s health and the country’s development & stability.

The Deputy PM asked the Ministry of Health to preside meetings with related agencies to adopt plan to carry out the target.

The Ministry of Health’s statistics showed that over 2,000 HIV-infected are being treated with antiretroviral in the country; the number of AIDS patients and mortality has decreased dramatically within seven recent years.

However, the country is facing difficulties in fighting against HIV/AIDS prevention.

The country has around 12,000 new HIV –infected cases every year. The fund for supporting HIV fighting is mainly on sponsors. It is estimated that Vietnam has around 260,000 infected people however only 56 percent of them are tested.

Therefore, it should expand the testing networks in local medical clinics to make these vulnerable people access to the antiretroviral treatment as well as increase providing information to residents and fight discrimination to people living HIV.

By Khanh Nguyen - Translated by Uyen Phuong

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