Bhutan today has an HIV detection gap of 43 percent. Since the first HIV positive case in 1993, the health ministry has so far diagnosed 741 HIV cases. As per the UNAIDS estimate, the country has around 1,300 positive cases of which 599 cases are unidentified for now.
The detection gap hampers Bhutan’s commitment to achieving the 90-100-90 goal by 2023 and ending the HIV epidemic by 2030. Of the three targets, Bhutan has achieved its target to ensure thaZt 90 percent of PLHIV on treatment to achieve viral load suppression.
Of Bhutan’s 721 diagnosed HIV/AIDS cases, 545 are living cases. The country has achieved 95 percent of putting all PLHIV persons on ART, and of the total living cases, 525 are on ART (antiretroviral treatment). However, 70 percent of HIV cases in Bhutan are among the economically productive age groups—25 to 49. This could have an adverse impact on the health and economy of the country in the long run.
While estimated new infections and people living with HIV are gradually showing signs of decline and Bhutan is at a stabilizing stage, more effort to decrease this curve is needed.
1-Roll out of Prep at country level
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2-Availability, accessibility and costing
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3-Status of PrEP in national guidelines
Though the importance of prevention techniques as in important step towards reducing HIV cases is mentioned in the National HIV/AIDS and STIs Control Strategic plan 2017-2023, by the Department Of Public Health, Ministry of Health, the current guidelines in Bhutan do not include PrEP.
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