Thousands Get HIV Services with New AHF Vietnam Clinics

In Vietnam by Fiona Ip

AHF Vietnam, in cooperation with government partners, recently opened clinics in two provinces that will provide HIV testing and treatment to more than 6,000 clients and nearly 1,000 people living with HIV.

Even though the HIV/AIDS response in Vietnam has seen marked improvements since the early 2000s when the epidemic was at its worst, only 47% of people living with HIV were receiving treatment as of 2016.

To boost treatment numbers and provide vital prevention efforts, AHF collaborated with government partners to open clinics in Bac Giang and Phu Tho provinces. The new programs will help get HIV services to thousands in the community, and particularly to marginalized populations who are disproportionately affected by the epidemic in the country.

The Phu Tho clinic will help bridge the gap for services that are not currently covered by the government, and in addition to AHF’s customary prevention and treatment services, Bac Giang’s new program will provide training for healthcare staff in a local prison to ensure rapid HIV testing for approximately 2,000 prisoners.

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