HIV cases reported in Taiwan in 2018 dropped 20% compared to 2017

there were 1,993 new cases of HIV reported in 2018, down from 2,512 in 2017

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Image from NCKUH homepage

Image from NCKUH homepage

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – HIV cases reported in Taiwan in 2018 dropped 20 percent compared to the previous year, indicating success in treating patients and preventing further spread of the disease, according to doctors at National Cheng Kung University Hospital (NCKUH), which is a leading institution in fighting the spread of HIV and Aids in Taiwan.

According to doctors at the hospital, there were 1,993 new cases of HIV reported across Taiwan in 2018, down from 2,512 in 2017.

In what has proven to be an effective treatment program at NCKUH, doctors at the hospital are aiming to maintain the decline of new cases in Taiwan. To do this, the hospital has been promoting a treatment standard referred to as “90-90-90.”

The “90-90-90” standard aims for 90 percent of those infected to have a clear understanding of their condition via professional diagnosis. The next goal is for 90 percent of those diagnosed to receive regular and effective treatment using antiretroviral therapy. Lastly, 90 percent who receive the therapy will hopefully achieve good results to control further development of the disease.

According to Dr. Li Jiawen (李佳雯) at NCKUH, the reduction in cases from 2017 to 2018 represents a significant success in terms of HIV treatment and prevention in Taiwan, reports Liberty Times.

NCKUH has been providing care for patients diagnosed with HIV for over three decades, and have achieved encouraging results in treating the disease and mitigating further spread in Taiwanese society.