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CDC Division of Global HIV & TB country profile : Laos
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    The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has collaborated with multilateral, governmental, non-governmental, and civil society organizations to discover, evaluate and implement new tools, programs and policies to combat HIV, sexually transmitted infections (STIs), and tuberculosis (TB) in Laos since 2009. With funding through the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), CDC supports the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) 90-90-90 goals in Laos. The UNAIDS 90-90-90 targets are, by 2020: 90 percent of all people living with HIV (PLHIV) will know their HIV status; 90 percent of all people with diagnosed HIV will receive sustained antiretroviral therapy (ART); and 90 percent of all people receiving ART will have viral suppression.

    CDC initiatives promote and demonstrate sustainable epidemic-control solutions that have been adopted, integrated and scaled-up into existing health systems by the government and stakeholders in Laos. In Fiscal Year (FY) 2020, CDC supports life-saving activities for PLHIV in Laos by working with the World Health Organization (WHO) and partners in three high burden provinces to:

    • Optimize and institutionalize HIV index partner testing.

    • Reduce loss to follow-up, increase retention, and address barriers to retention using peer navigators and case managers.

    • Improve access to viral load testing.

    • Optimize HIV testing strategies (i.e., self-testing; index testing [which involves identifying current and former partners and household members of PLHIV]; and HIV infection recency testing) in order to more promptly diagnose HIV in migrant and key populations.

    • Implement same-day ART and multi-month dispensing of ART.

    • Improve data systems and cascade monitoring.

    • Strengthen technical collaboration with other partners, including the Global Fund.

    • Support a phased transition to a sustainable government-led response.

    • Support TB case finding and TB preventive treatment.


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