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Vietnam pledges $168 million to fight AIDS

Vietnamese Prime Minister announces a $168 million dollars to fight HIV and AIDS

Vietnam pledges $168 million to fight AIDS

The Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has announced the government will spend $168 million US dollars fighting the spread of HIV and AIDS in the country over the next three years.

One of the goals of the funding is that by 2015, 60% of people aged 15 to 49 will know how to protect themselves from HIV, Vietnam News reports.

The program also promises to lower the HIV infection prevalence to less than 10% of gay men, less than 15% of injecting drug users and less than 5% for sex workers.

Currently injecting drug users have the highest prevalence of the virus, with 28.6% of them having HIV.

In 2005/2006 HIV prevalence among MSM (men who have sex with men) was 9% in Hanoi and 5% in Ho Chi Minh City.

The funding will go towards education, prevention, surveillance and treatment.

According to UNAIDS estimates the number of people living with HIV in Vietnam has grown from 220,000 in 2007 to 280,000 in 2012, out of a total national population of over 91 million. 

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