Ha Noi, Viet Nam – November 28th, 2018 - The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and The Partnership for Health Advancement in Vietnam (HAIVN) are pleased to launch a new toolkit on K=K – “Không phát hiện = Không lây truyền” (in Vietnamese)/U=U – Undetectable = Untransmittable (in English) – with the core message: “I’m positive, he/she will never be.” The K=K toolkit contains key actionable messages to be conveyed to people living with HIV (PLHIV), the LGBTQI community, and health workers all over Vietnam. The toolkit will be launched on Wednesday 28th 2018, at the Undetectable Day 2018 event, in celebration of World AIDS Day.
Why is the K=K toolkit important?
The U=U consensus statement has been recognized and/or endorsed by over 782 medical and community-based organizations in more than 95 countries. The U=U statement builds on evidence-based research demonstrating that HIV treatment is highly effective in REDUCING forward HIV transmission and endorses the conclusion that "people living with HIV on ART with an undetectable viral load in their blood have effectively NO RISK of sexual transmission of HIV".
In Vietnam, increased awareness of K=K among PLHIV, providers and the public has many benefits including encouraging ongoing adherence to antiretroviral therapy, ensuring regular HIV viral load testing, and reducing stigma and discrimination.
How will the K=K toolkit be used?
The toolkit has been developed to help public health and community-based agencies to disseminate the K=K message. The toolkit will be shared among PLHIV, the LGBTQI community, public health and community-based agencies, and through clinics, medical centers, and social media channels to raise awareness about K=K including the underlying science and its impact on HIV prevention and treatment in Vietnam.
What is in the toolkit?
The toolkit, containing the core message “I’m positive; he/she will never be,” includes a K=K logo, posters, videos, infographics and handbook for sharing in print and through social media.
- This is a truly transformational message which will change the lives of people living with HIV around the world.” The K=K toolkit is expected to be shared widely among the community and be effective in combatting HIV-related stigma and discrimination.
The toolkit can be downloaded from http://haivn.org/tool
For more information, please contact Ms. Nguyen Thu Phuong at [email protected]