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Deputy PM attends UN high-level meeting on ending AIDS

Hanoi, June 10 (VNA) – Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam affirmed that preventing and fighting AIDS is a priority task of the Vietnamese government during the United Nations High-Level Meeting on Ending AIDS in New York on June 8-10.

Thanks to the cooperation and support of the international community and sponsors, Vietnam’s AIDS epidemic is basically under control, Dam said in his speech, adding that HIV-infected patients do not face discrimination and are considered those who need care, help and treatment.

According to him, Vietnam has continually increased resources for HIV/AIDS prevention and control.

He stressed that Vietnam is the first Asia-Pacific country to respond to the UN’s 90-90-90 Targets and urged the international community to make high-level commitments to the fight.

At the event, a Vietnamese woman living with HIV also raised her voice to call on the international community not to ignore HIV/AIDS victims.

On the sidelines of the event, Dam held meetings with Executive Director of the Joint UN Action Programme on HIV/AIDS, Executive Director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, US Ambassador and Global AIDS Coordinator cum Director of the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief.

He thanked the international partners for their support to Vietnam over the past years.

They praised Vietnam as a model in the fight against HIV/AIDS in the region and the world, and pledged to stand side by side with the country to achieve the 90-90-90 targets by 2020, towards eliminating AIDS epidemic by 2030.