Number Of HIV-Positive People In Vietnam With Drug Access Increasing
The numberof HIV-positive people in Vietnamwith access to antiretroviral drugs increased in 2007, Doung Quoc Trong,director of the country's HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control Department, said onThursday, the VNA/Mathaba.net reports. According to Trong, thenumber of people with treatment access increased to 16,500 last year from 6,000in 2006. He added that 17,795 new HIV cases were recorded in 2007, including 7,388AIDS cases. In addition, 3,566 people died from the disease last year, Trongsaid. The country has recorded a total of about 300,000 HIV/AIDS cases, Trongsaid, adding that there is an average of 30 new cases transmitted daily.
More than 5,000 peer educators have been working nationwide to promoteawareness among high-risk groups, such as drug users and commercial sexworkers, according to Trong. Vietnamalso has pledged to meet the United Nations Millennium DevelopmentGoal of reducingits HIV/AIDS prevalence to under 0.3% by 2010, according to VNA/Mathaba.net(VNA/Mathaba.net, 2/1).
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