The national action month for HIV/AIDS prevention and control runs from November 10 to December 10 with a focus on non-discrimination against HIV/AIDS patients.

A number of activities will be organised to increase the public’s awareness of the fight against HIV/AIDS, especially amongst vulnerable residents in remote and disadvantaged areas.

In addition to seminars, meetings and parades in wards and communes all over the country, art performances and exhibitions will also be held to raise funds for individuals and families living with HIV/AIDS.

The Vietnamese government has implemented a number of measures and programmes on HIV/AIDS prevention and control, which have shown initial successes.

In the past five years, Vietnam has seen a decline in new HIV infections from 30,000 in 2007 to 12,000 in 2013, while the total number of AIDS patients and fatalities has been halved.

Vietnam is undertaking maximum efforts to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030.-VNA