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Vietnam makes much progress in preventing HIV infections

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 10:01 am

The Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) Regional Director Asia Pacific Steve Kraus delivered a message at a press conference about Vietnam’s success in preventing HIV/AIDS on the World AIDS Day (December 1).

HIV was one of the deadly diseases and there was no effective medication for treating it twenty years ago. However, the world has witnessed great progress in preventing the disease in the Southeast Asian nation.

The rate of HIV infections has not changed and fewer people died of the disease. More important, Vietnam has raised prevention level and the national prevention program has had positive changes which resulted in the low number of infected people in community especially among high risk group including sex worker, as men who have sex with men and injecting drug users.

AIDS-related stigma and discrimination including prejudice, negative attitudes, abuse and maltreatment directed at people living with HIV and AIDS exist worldwide, although they manifest themselves differently across countries, communities, religious groups and individuals. Any nation can resolve the problem, they can reduce the rate of HIV infections and vice versa.

The government should not force or impose any punishments on people of high risk group but enhance treatment and good behaviors to them. In addition, HIV infected people have right to access to best healthcare services.

As poor HIV patients hardly buy antiretroviral (ARV) drugs, which maximally suppress the HIV virus and stop the progression of HIV disease, UNAIDS will help to expand treatment services and clinics in the next time. furthermore, UNAIDS will ask pharmaceutical companies to decrease the price of the medication.

Vietnam has young population and limited budget, it should therefore apply prevention measures which proved to be most effective. The government should publicize information and educate young people of the disease and reproductive health.

Source: SGGP

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