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Conference urges effort of society in HIV fight

Update: November, 25/2015 - 08:31
A people living with HIV receives methadone for treatment in Phu Tho Province. Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam called for efforts from the whole society, government offices and organisations to eliminate the HIV/AIDS epidemic by 2030. — Photo baophutho.vn

HA NOI (VNS) — Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam called for efforts from the whole society, government offices and organisations to eliminate the HIV/AIDS epidemic by 2030 at the sixth international conference on HIV/AIDS prevention yesterday.

The two-day conference in Ha Noi, organised by the Health Ministry, focused on the Viet Nam's implementation towards the United Nations' new HIV treatment targets.

Viet Nam set an ambitious treatment target to help end the AIDS epidemic, named 90-90-90 targets that by 2020, 90 per cent of all people living with HIV will know their HIV status, 90 per cent of all people with diagnosed HIV infection will receive sustained antiretroviral therapy, 90 per cent of all people receiving antiretroviral therapy will have viral suppression.

"Since 1990, there have been 230,000 people infected with HIV and 85,000 have died of AIDS in Viet Nam. The country was aware of the threat of deadly epidemic," Deputy PM Dam said at the conference.

"With the effective help from international organisations, nations and the efforts of Vietnamese government offices, social organisations and the whole community including HIV-infected persons, Viet Nam has prevented and pushed back step-by-step this epidemic."

Viet Nam has implemented many models comprising the prevention and support of a variety of drugs to control the virus. Viet Nam has reported a reduction of the number of HIV-infected persons, people having HIV became AIDS, and died of AIDS for the last eight years.

"Today's conference is a practical activity of Viet Nam in response to the new HIV treatment targets and the national action month of HIV/AIDS prevention {November 10 to December 10]," the Deputy PM said.

Measures involved in prevention and treatment support needed the participation of scientists and the whole society's help.

In Viet Nam, there are hundreds of scientific studies and proposals related to people living with HIV and treatment every year.

However, the deputy PM said, to take advantage of the effectiveness of scientific studies, the government had to promulgate policies to support the implementation of these studies.

The whole society also had to share in the responsibility to speed up the implementation.

The conference attracted 1,000 international and Vietnamese participants with 180 reports expected to be presented.

Francoise Barre Sinoussi, a French virologist and director of the Regulation of Retroviral Infections Division in Paris, France, attended the event. In 2008, she was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, together with her former mentor, Luc Montagnier, for their discovery of HIV. — VNS

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