Vietnam HIV/STD Prevention Campaign Fails to Increase Condom Use Among Sex Workers
April 28, 2011
A five-year nationwide HIV and STD prevention campaign aimed at sex workers in Vietnam has not been successful in increasing condom use, health officials attending a two-day conference in Hanoi said on Wednesday, Viet Nam News reports. Nguyen Trong Dam, deputy minister of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs, said "the situation has become more and more serious," according to the news agency. HIV prevalence is as high as 30 percent among sex workers in some areas, officials said. Duong Van Dat, a representative with UNFPA, said lack of access to HIV prevention services including condoms and STD treatment was a problem. "This situation had to change drastically," he added, the news service reports. The Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs said it plans to expand and renew the program for the next five years (4/28).
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