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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, to Convert Detoxification Center Into Hospital That Will Provide No-Cost HIV/AIDS Treatment, Care

September 1, 2006

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, beginning Sept. 1 will convert a detoxification center administered by the Labor, War Invalids and Social Affairs Department into a hospital that provides HIV/AIDS treatment and care at no cost, the Vietnam News Brief Service reports. According to Nguyen Thanh Tai, vice chair of the municipal people's committee, this is the first center of its kind in the country. The 600-bed hospital, which will be named Nhan Ai Hospital, will be run by the city's health department and will provide to HIV-positive people at no cost treatment and care services worth about $75 to $94 monthly. The center currently houses 150 HIV-positive people and plans to accept more HIV-positive people from other centers in the country. Health experts estimate that there are about 40,000 to 50,000 HIV-positive people in the city (Vietnam News Brief Service, 8/31). Although HIV prevalence in the country is below 0.5%, Ho Chi Minh City and Haiphong, Vietnam, have an HIV prevalence greater than 1%, according to a Center for Strategic and International Studies report presented in July in Hanoi, Vietnam (Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report, 7/17).

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Reprinted with permission from kaisernetwork.org. You can view the entire Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report, search the archives, or sign up for email delivery at www.kaisernetwork.org/dailyreports/hiv. The Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report is published for kaisernetwork.org, a free service of the Kaiser Family Foundation, by The Advisory Board Company. © 2006 by The Advisory Board Company and Kaiser Family Foundation. All rights reserved.



  
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