|Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc encouraged social organisations to continue contributing to the fight against HIV/AIDS.— VNS Photo
HA NOI (VNS) – An average of 29 people contracted HIV every day in the first five months of this year, announced a meeting yesterday in Ha Noi.
Bac Ninh, Gia Lai, Lai Chau and Nghe An saw more HIV infections than last year.
Speaking at the meeting, Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, who is also chairman of the Vietnam National Committee for HIV/AIDS, Drugs and Prostitution Prevention and Control, said that Viet Nam faced a challenge due to reduced international financial support, which heightened the risk of infection for previously low-risk individuals. He encouraged social organisations to continue contributing to the fight against HIV/AIDS.
Viet Nam has successfully kept the ratio of people infected with HIV below 0.3 per cent. The country now has over 213,000 people living with HIV.
New infections declined for three consecutive years after the introduction of methadone treatment for drug addicts. – VNS