Up to 98 percent of the 1,024 HIV carriers in the northern province of Bac Giang are receiving antiretroviral (ARV) drugs covered by health insurance (SHI) (Photo: VNA)
 
Bac Giang (VNA) – Up to 98 percent of the 1,024 HIV carriers in the northern province of Bac Giang are receiving antiretroviral (ARV) drugs covered by health insurance (SHI), heard a medical event in the province on March 15.

A project on HIV/AIDS treatment with the participation of health facilities and prisons was launched on the occasion, which comes under the sponsorship of the US-based AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF).

In addition to providing equipment to clinics, the project will arrange advanced refresher courses for medical workers at the grass-root level to improve quality of HIV/AIDS testing and treatment.

Director of the provincial Centre for Disease Control and Prevention Dang Thanh Minh said there were more than 3,270 HIV carriers in the province as of the end of February, nearly 1,980 of them still alive.

HIV patients need lifelong treatment that can be costly, and early and continuous treatment enables them to lead healthy lives and effectively eliminates the risk of transmission through sexual intercourses.

Vietnam is also a global leader in achieving viral suppression, at 93 percent. Viral suppression is a measurement of the degree to which the virus is in a person’s bloodstream.

When an HIV positive patient achieves viral suppression and has an undetectable viral load, not only do they have a significantly increased likelihood of improved health outcomes, but it also eliminates their likelihood of transmitting HIV.-VNA