HIV: New infections on the decline in Taiwan

A total of 1,139 new human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infections were diagnosed in Taiwan’s population between January 1 and November 24, 2021, an 11% decrease compared to the same period in 2020, the Taiwan Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reported in November. Said to 30.

New HIV infections drop for the fourth year in a row in Taiwan, according to the CDC which detailed the epidemic situation in Taiwan as well as measures taken by the state to treat and prevent infection of people living with HIV or AIDS.

According to the Center by October 2021, Taiwan had 34,403 HIV-positive citizens, of whom 15,287 had AIDS., Since the start of the pandemic, more than 43,500 people have been diagnosed with HIV in Taiwan, including 42,065 Taiwanese and 1,456 foreign nationals. More than 7,500 people have died in Taiwan, most of them from AIDS.

2,508 new HIV infections were detected among Taiwanese citizens in 2017There has been a decline in numbers, with 1,983 new infections in 2018, 1,748 in 2019 and 1,389 in 2020, according to CDC data. According to the Centers for Disease Control, the total is expected to reach 1,250 this year.

According to the CDC, This reduction is linked to preventive measures, such as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) introduced in Taiwan in 2016 and that target people who are not infected but are highly exposed to HIV.

CDC promotes the use of condoms and lubricants, easy access to anonymous testing, and early treatment of people with HIV to control their viral load.

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For its AIDS policy, Taiwan refers to the United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS). He made his “90-90-90” treatment his goal:

  • 90% of people living with HIV know their HIV status,
  • 90% of all people tested for HIV receive long-term anti-retroviral therapy,
  • Permanently suppressed viral load in 90% of people receiving antiretroviral therapy

This year, Taiwan is expected to achieve the respective rates of 90%, 93% and 95% for these three targets. The country estimates that it is in a position to exceed the “95-95-95” treatment targets set by UNAIDS for 2030. Next year, the first phase of the AIDS eradication plan by 2030 will be launched by the Centers for Disease Control.

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