Vietnam promotes fight against HIV/AIDS

Vietnam strives to complete the treatment target named 90-90-90 by 2020 to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic, which is the content of the 6th international conference on HIV/AIDS prevention yesterday held in Hanoi by the Ministry of Health.

The 90-90-90 target means that 90 percent of all people living with HIV will know their HIV status; 90 percent of all people diagnosed HIV infection will receive sustained antiretroviral therapy and 90 percent of all people received antiretroviral therapy will have suppression.

Nations in the globe are also striving to reach the target and Vietnam is the first nation in the Asia Pacific to pledge completing the target.

Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam said that the HIV/AIDS epidemic is a threat to not only health condition, race but also the society’s stability; accordingly he called for efforts from the whole society, government offices and organization to eliminate the epidemic by 2030.

Currently,  Vietnam has around 310,600 people living with HIV/AIDS and over 86,249 people have died of the fatal disease. Most of cities and provinces in the country have HIV/AIDS people.

The conference attracted around 1,000 Vietnamese and international scientists  including Professor Francoise Barre Sinoussi, who was awarded the Nobel prize in Medicine for the discovery of HIV.

By Nguyen Quoc - Translated by Uyen Phuong

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