Vietnam Reports Progress in Fight Against HIV/AIDS
June 18, 2012
Vietnam's permanent representative to the UN touted his country's advances against AIDS at the General Assembly's June 11 plenary session on the epidemic. "Vietnam has initially been able to contain the rise of HIV infection, with HIV-infected people currently accounting for about 0.26 percent of the population," said Le Hoai Trung. He cited a decline in HIV prevalence among injecting drug users from 30 percent to 17 percent; in addition, AIDS-related deaths fell from 6,000 a year to about 2,500 a year for the last two years. Among Vietnam's 63 provinces, he said that in 2011, 49 conducted community outreach activities for IDUs and female sex workers; 60 implemented needle-exchange programs; and 57 distributed condoms free of charge. To address continuing challenges to its AIDS-fighting efforts, he said Vietnam will "strengthen its political commitment on HIV, improve the legal framework and regulations, [and] scale up efforts to ensure universal access to HIV prevention, treatment, care, and support services for all in need."
Xinhua News Agency
This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.
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