Viet Nam is the first country in Asia to commit to new HIV treatment targets
The Government of Viet Nam announced on 25 October its commitment to new targets intended to rapidly expand HIV treatment, thus becoming the first country in Asia to adopt the 90–90–90 targets.
UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé joined Deputy Prime Minister and Chair of the National Committee for AIDS, Drugs and Prostitution Prevention and Control, Vu Duc Dam, the Minister of Health, Nguyen Thi Kim Tien, and other development partners at the launch of Viet Nam’s 90–90–90 targets in Hanoi.
Around the world, momentum is building behind reaching 90–90–90 by 2020: 90% of people living with HIV will know their HIV status; 90% of people who know their status are on HIV treatment; and 90% of all people on treatment will have undetectable levels of HIV in their body (known as viral suppression). Viet Nam’s commitment to these ambitious targets puts the country on course to ending its AIDS epidemic by 2030.
There were 250 000 people living with HIV and 14 000 new HIV infections in Viet Nam in 2013. In 2014, more than 87 000 people were accessing HIV treatment, a 30-fold increase since 2005, but just one third of all people living with HIV.
“Today we have the 90–90–90 targets and we are looking forward to ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030. With the support from the international community and Vietnamese society, we can achieve our goals.”
Vu Duc Dam, Deputy Prime Minister and Chair of the National Committee for AIDS, Drugs and Prostitution Prevention and Control
“The ultimate payoff will be ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030. It will be our greatest gift to the people of Viet Nam, to the world and to generations yet to come. It will be our lasting legacy.”
Michel Sidibé, UNAIDS Executive Director
“We will invest more to increase the number of people on treatment and to increase the quality of the treatment, including ensuring that national social health insurance covers the medical expenses of people living with HIV.”
Nguyen Thi Kim Tien, Minister of Health of Viet Nam