Nearly all HIV carriers in Bac Giang receive insurance-covered ARVs

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Friday, March 15, 2019 – 21:48:00 Print

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

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