About 50,000 people living with HIV in Vietnam remain unidentified. HIV-positive patients wait for treatment at a healthcare facility in Lai Châu Province The information was released by Đỗ Hữu Thuỷ from the HIV/AIDS Prevention Department underthe Ministry of Health on Thursday in Hanoi. The department’s data records some 209,000 people living with HIV in Vietnam, however, only 175,000 people have the condition under control. Only 130,000 patients receive sustainable anti-virus (ARV) treatments. In the first six months of 2018, 3,500 new cases of HIV infection were found, more than 1,800 of which turned to AIDS. 814 HIV-positive people died. Compared to the same period last year, the number of new HIV infections, new AIDS patients and deaths from HIV decreased by 30 per cent, 27 per cent and two per cent, respectively. The percentage of HIV infected people among drug abusers and prostitutes rose from 7.36 per cent in 2017 to 12.2 per cent in 2018. Meanwhile, the increase in drug abusers and prostitutes makes the situation hard to control. Jonh Blandford, director of the Vietnam Centre for Disease Control, said that HIV-positive people who used ARV medicine daily as prescribed could reduce the amount of virus in their… Read full this story
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