City has controlled the spread of HIV but the achievements are not yet sustainable and therefore the City needs countermeasures to curb the disease, said Mr. Le Minh Tri, Vice Chairman of the HCM City People's Committee at a meeting on World AIDS Day.
At present, the City has nearly 47,000 HIV carriers. Since 2008 to date, the City has worked to reduce the number of fresh cases of HIV.
In the first ten months of the year, the City reported more than 1,600 new HIV-infected people, a decrease of 137 people compared to the same period of last year.
More than 1,500 AIDS carriers were also reported, a decrease of 79 compared to the same period of last year, however, 279 people succumbed to the deadly disease this year.
Deborah Chatsis, Canada’s Ambassador to Vietnam and President of the HIV/AIDS Prevention Coordination Group, said Vietnam has taken significant strides against HIV, adding that the international community promises to support Vietnam in HIV prevention and in treating and caring for living HIV patients.