260,000 people living with AIDS in Vietnam, over 13,000 died in 2005

Oct 7, 2006. The spread of HIV/AIDS from vulnerable groups to the general population and stronger need for treatment of the disease are major challenges to Vietnam, a World Health Organization (WHO) official said Friday.

Vietnam, where most of people living with HIV/AIDS are from at-risk populations such as drug users and sex workers, was facing the risk of the disease’s expansion to the general population, Hans Troedsson WHO Resident Representative, said at a press briefing in Hanoi.

Vietnam is estimated to have 260,000 people living with HIV in 2005, a 12-fold increase since 1995.

Over 13,000 local people died of AIDS last year, according the local WHO office.

Vietnam plans to reduce the HIV/AIDS infection rate among its 83-million population to below 0.3 percent by 2010.

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