Social organizations play key role in fighting HIV/AIDS

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The Hanoitimes - Social organizations play an important role in preventing HIV/AIDS, especially with interventions to reduce the harmful effects of the epidemic and care for people with HIV at home and within the community.

The Hanoitimes - Social organizations play an important role in preventing HIV/AIDS, especially with interventions to reduce the harmful effects of the epidemic and care for people with HIV at home and within the community.

There has been an increase in the number of people taking part in anti-HIV/AIDS efforts, including people living with HIV and their families, according to a seminar held o­n May 29 by the Vietnam Union of Science and Technology Associations (VUSTA).

As international funding sources decline, the State is allocating part of its budget for social organizations to continue fighting HIV/AIDS. It is also devising preferential policies for all public-interest services.

Social organizations are urged to strengthen their connections to State agencies and transform into social enterprises to earn revenues for their activities.

The spread of the HIV epidemic is slowing down in Vietnam. However, it has not been completely brought under control and the epidemic could spread far and wide unless effective prevention interventions are made constantly.

There were an estimated 260,000 people in Vietnam infected with HIV in 2011, and this figure is likely to be amounting to 280,000 in 2012. Most of the infections are found among high risk groups such as drug addicts and sex workers.

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