The U.S. plans to support a pilot methadone programscheduled to launch next year in Vietnamthat aims to reduce the spread of HIV among injection drug users, U.S. officials announced Thursday in a paperpresented at an annual donors' conference in Hanoi, Vietnam,AFP/Yahoo! News reports.
The U.S.will support the Vietnamese government and health groups in an "aggressivecampaign" that targets at-risk populations, including IDUs, young people,and commercial sex workers and their clients, the officials wrote, adding,"Our main goal will continue to be on preventing, and providing care andtreatment for people living with HIV." The paper said that over the nextyear, the U.S.will prioritize rehabilitation and treatment therapy for IDUs, as well assupport pilot methadone programs at six sites to help reduce transmission ofthe virus.
The delegates also said the U.S.supports increasing treatment access with a goal of providing 22,000 HIV-positive people with antiretroviraldrugs by next year. According to AFP/Yahoo! News, Vietnam hasprovided antiretrovirals to almost 12,000 people living with the virus. Thedelegates also called for political leadership to reduce stigma anddiscrimination. They added that "experience from many countries has demonstratedthat reducing stigma and discrimination" of HIV-positive people is a"critical factor in fighting the epidemic" (AFP/Yahoo! News,12/6).
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