Drug addiction and HIV/AIDS rate fall

The number of people contracting HIV and AIDS in 2008 fell by 26.6 percent and 14.35 percent, respectively, compared with 2007. The number of people dying from AIDS fell by 18.75 percent.

Deputy PM Truong Vinh Trong speaking at a conference on HIV/AIDS and drug and prostitution prevention held in Hanoi from March 4 to 5. (Photo: Lao Dong)

These figures were presented at a conference on HIV/AIDS and drug and prostitution prevention March 4 -5 in Hanoi.

Deputy Prime Minister Truong Vinh Trong presided over the conference.

In 2008, authorities conducted investigations into 13,371 cases of dealing and carrying narcotics, involving 20,718 people.

The country helped 45,261 people receive treatment for drug addiction last year.

Programs educating people about HIV/AIDS were carried out and contributed in reducing the number of people catching and dying from HIV/AIDS.

By the end of 2008, Vietnam had 173,603 drug addicts, 4,702 less than 2007.

The number of people with HIV and AIDS in 2008 was 138,191 and 29,575, respectively. A total of 41,544 people died from AIDS related illnesses.

By Q. Lap – Translated by H.Mien

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