Malaysia Is On The Right Way To End HIV Epidemics
12 September 2017 14:00
Malaysia reached a great reduction in the number of HIv transmission and shows positive results in HIV care and treatment. There are realised many programs aimed to ent HIV epidemics, so the number of patients newly diagnosed with HIV dropped to 5, 700 cases a year, which is on 34% smaller that the statistics six years ago, according to the nst.com.my.
“This is a major reduction, which is almost three times that of the regional average. Malaysia has implemented a range of testing options for key populations, who are most at risk for HIV. The country is on the verge of eliminating cases involving transmission from mother to child. More than 70 per cent of pregnant women living with HIV are accessing services to prevent the onward transmission of the virus. Data from Malaysia indicates that the rate of mother-to-child transmission of HIV is low. Though Malaysia has taken big steps forward, data showed only 37 per cent of people living with HIV are accessing life-saving treatment. That is significantly lower than the regional average. Being on treatment has the double dividend of ensuring a person living with HIV is healthy and preventing the transmission of virus to their partners,” said Murphy, who is among five speakers during the four-day 5th Asia Pacific Conference on Public Health organised by Academy of Medicine Malaysia’s College of Public Health Medicine” - comment the results of Malysia Eamonn Murphy, the oint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) regional support team for Asia and the Pacific region director.