More than 100 delegates and heath experts of Vietnam , the US and 11 Asian countries are gathering in Ho Chi Minh City to share experience in HIV prevention and treatment for injecting drug users.

Jointly organised by the US Global AIDS Programme Coordination Office and Vietnamese concerned agencies, the conference is designed to update experience and lessons as well as effects of the provision of HIV prevention and treatment services for injecting drug users in the region.

It also focuses on sharing information on expanding services for injecting drug users in Southeast and South Asia and the way each country and the international community respond to the issue as well as appropriate policies.

During the course of the four-day conference, the delegates are scheduled to discuss a range of topics relating to challenges in HIV prevention among injecting drug users, the current situation of drug use and HIV infection in this group, policies on the implementation and expansion of HIV prevention activities, and expansion of treatment by using replacement medicines.

The US President Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) has provided more than 400 million USD and technical assistance for Vietnam to carry out its national HIV/AIDS prevention and control project./.