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City aims to expand HIV antiretroviral therapy

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The HCM City administration has called for providing antiretroviral therapy for people with HIV/AIDS at more and more health facilities to ensure patients get uninterrupted treatment.

A patient receives antiretroviral therapy at a health centre in HCM City. VNA/VNS Photo Phương Vy

 

Speaking at a meeting held on Monday at Lê Thị Riêng Park, People’s Committee vice chairwoman Nguyễn Thị Thu also called on society to join hands for HIV/AIDS prevention to push back the epidemic.

The meeting was organised in response to the National Action Month for HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control from November 10 to December 10 and World AIDS Day on December 1.

Besides, Thu wanted international organisations to continue helping the city to combat HIV/AIDS and achieve the UN 90-90-90 Goals.

The latter refers to 90 per cent of all people living with HIV knowing their HIV status by 2020, 90 per cent of all people with diagnosed HIV infection receiving sustained antiretroviral therapy and 90 per cent of all people who receive antiretroviral therapy achieving viral suppression. 

According to the city’s HIV/AIDS Prevention Centre, 73 per cent of HIV patients know their status, 75 per cent of patients receive sustained antiretroviral therapy and 96 per cent of all people who receive therapy have achieved viral suppression. 

The city has 28,000 people with HIV/AIDS and more than 10,000 have died of the disease.

 

Source: VNS

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