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17.11.2018
PUBLIC HEALTH


Armenia is the only country having the certificate

The World Health Organization presented validation certificate for eliminating mother-to-child transmission of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) to the Republic of Armenia. Samvel Margaryan, the Deputy Minister of Healthcare of the Republic of Armenia, told during a meeting with journalists on the occasion of the International Day of Struggle against HIV/AIDS at the National Center for Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) Prevention of the Ministry of Healthcare of the Republic of Armenia (NCAP) that Armenia is the first country among the 53 states of the European region of the World Health Organization which was honored with such appreciation. “Since 2007 no cases of mother-to-child transmission of HIV were registered in Armenia among 150 children born by mothers who had got HIV preventive treatment,” said the Deputy Minister stating that positive dynamics is registered connected with the cases of transmission of HIV through donors’ blood.
S. Margaryan stated that currently 1150 patients with HIV infection are being treated free of charge at the National Center for AIDS Prevention. “Considerable progress has been made in responding to the HIV epidemic. More than 95 percent of pregnant women and almost all patients with tuberculosis disease are being examined for HIV infection,” he said.
Touching upon challenges S. Margaryan noted that late diagnosis of the disease still remains as the main problem, which also calls forth death cases. “Only half of people living with HIV infection know about their infection,” he added.

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