Department of Disease Control unlocks “Self-testing HIV kits” to be sold in pharmacies across the country at the end of August after the FDA has approved the registration of 2 types. Know the results quickly to enter the treatment quickly.
Today (31 August 2021), Dr. Preecha Prempri, Deputy Director-General of the Department of Disease Control Addressing the situation of HIV infection in Thailand, Thailand is currently implementing a political declaration to end AIDS by 2030, or in the next nine years, with three main goals: reducing the number of people new HIV infection not more than 1,000 cases/year, reduction of AIDS deaths not more than 4,000 cases/year, and reduction of hatred, stigma and discrimination towards infected persons or patients by 90%. Operations have received cooperation from relevant agencies and civil society networks as well, making the situation of HIV infection. The country is now getting better and more new cases have been found, with 4,855 cases in the past 2020.
Dr. Preecha further said that the measures that Thailand will adopt to solve AIDS problems in 2021 are to encourage people with risky behaviors. You can use the initial infection screening kit yourself. The Department of Disease Control has driven together with the Department of Medical Sciences. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), other agencies since 2015, according to the resolution of the National Committee on AIDS Prevention and Solution. To encourage people to know their infection status
Preparing to sell HIV testing kits in drugstores
In 2021, there are 2 types of test kits that have been certified by the FDA: a test kit for HIV infection by taking a fingertip blood test that gets results within 1 minute and a test using a saliva to read the results. in 20 minutes, which will be available in modern drugstores nationwide from the end of August 2021 onwards, which is in line with the restrictions in the COVID-19 situation, causing those with risky behaviors or suspected of being infected Able to go to check for infection at a hospital as usual. This test will allow the public to use it as a primary screening test for infection. in order to know the status of their infection quickly and check again at the hospital If found to be infected, they will enter the antiretroviral care system in a hospital. across the country quickly according to the right to maintain until it can reduce the virus in the bloodstream and cannot transmit the infection to others
Self-test HIV screening kit It is considered a new option to increase accessibility to more infectious disease detection. Especially the group with risk behaviors, 5 main groups, namely, men who have sex with men. group of transgender women service staff group Intravenous drug users and the general public
However, if found to be infected, they can enter the treatment process quickly. which in the future advances in medical technology will lead to adjusting the drug formula to make it easier to eat Both the size and number are reduced. and reduce complications or long-term effects on the body will make the infected person have a good quality of life like normal people
On the side, Dr. Cheeweanan Lertpiriyasuwat Director of the Division of AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Diseases said that from the 20th AIDS Association Workshop on Aug. 22 in the past. compared the epidemic situation of HIV infection and COVID-19 caused by the same viral infection. But the severity and guidelines for disease prevention and control require methods and technology for screening. different care
Worldwide, 37.7 million people are infected with HIV.
HIV has been a global epidemic since 1981 and nearly 40 years later, it has infected 37.7 million people worldwide and 36 million deaths. Currently, there are antiviral treatments. and has a very good result Can greatly reduce the number of HIV virus in the bloodstream. Vaccines to protect against HIV Currently, the study is in Phase III, so the main preventive measure focuses on promoting the use of condoms every time you have sex. including taking antiretroviral pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP). Overall, the global impact of HIV infection is high.
As for the situation of HIV infection in Thailand from 1984-2020, totaling almost 36 years, there were 462,376 total surviving cases. In 2020, there were 4,855 new cases, 11,882 deaths. living organisms 94.3 percent knew their infection status. Currently, 83.5 percent are in the treatment system in hospitals nationwide with antiretroviral therapy. Of these, 97.2% are confident that we will be successful in suppressing the virus. Solving problems with goals