HANOI, Hanoi city is making efforts to achieve the 90-90-90 goals in HIV/AIDS prevention set by the United Nations by 2020, Vietnam News Agency (VNA) reported.
Its People's Committee vice chairman, Le Hong Son has urged the relevant offices and districts to actively carry out action plans.
He said information on HIV/AIDS prevention has not spread, and thus, the people did not have sufficient awareness of preventing HIV/AIDS, while units lack coordination and action programmes.
The 90-90-90 goals mean 90 per cent of HIV-infected people will know their infection status, 90 per cent will receive anti-retroviral (ARV) drugs and 90 per cent of people taking ARV drugs will have durable viral suppression.
Le Hong Son called for intensified dissemination of information to raise public awareness and stop discrimination against people with HIV/AIDS.
The Health Department should implement a programme of action, expand the use of methadone therapy for drug addicts and scale up HIV counselling and testing, he suggested.
All districts have people living with HIV, with those aged 25-49 accounting for 70 per cent of the total.
The rates of newly-detected HIV infections via blood, sex and mother to child transmission in the first four months of this year were 36.9 per cent, 63.1 per cent and zero per cent, respectively.
As of end 2017, some 67.8 per cent of HIV-infected people knew their infection status, while 53 per cent of HIV positive people received ARV drugs.
Last year, Vietnam recorded the 10th consecutive year for decreases in the number of newly discovered HIV infections, the number of transmissions to full-blown AIDS and the number of AIDS-caused deaths.
Each year, about 10,000 new HIV infection cases were discovered in Vietnam, mostly transmitted via sex.
Source: NAM NEWS Network