Addiction Technology Transfer & HIV Center opens

The Addiction Technology Transfer and HIV Center in the South yesterday opened in Medicine University in Ho Chi Minh City. It is the second center of its kind in the country and the first in the South Vietnam.

The center will carry out researches in treatment for addictive substances such as morphine, heroine, methamphetamine, alcohol and Ecstasy as well as provide training course and treatment for addicts in rehabilitation centers. It is hoped to contribute to reduce social evils and HIV transmission in the community.

The center was established by Medicine University in HCMC, Medicine University in Hanoi and California University in the US.

It is sponsored by the US President's Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief (PEPFAR/Emergency Plan), a US-government initiative to address the global HIV/AIDS epidemic and help save the lives of those suffering from this disease.

The program initially aimed to provide antiretroviral treatment (ART) to 2 million HIV-infected people in resource-limited settings, to prevent 7 million new infections, and to support care for 10 million people (the "2–7–10 goals") by 2010. PEPFAR increased the number of Africans receiving ART from 50,000 at the start of the initiative in 2004 to at least 1.2 million in early 2008.

By Nguyen Trung – translated by Uyen Phuong

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