The World Bank (WB) and the UK Department for International Development (DFID) will provide 9 million USD to help Vietnam lower the number of HIV/AIDS cases and fatalities in 2013.

The information was released on December 27 in Hai Phong at a seminar jointly organised by the HIV/AIDS Prevention Department, the WB and the DFID. The event was held to review the implementation of the HIV/AIDS prevention project that is underway in 32 cities and provinces nationwide.

Between June 2005 and December 2012, the WB and the DFID provided over 65 million USD to help reduce the rates of HIV carriers among female sex workers and the whole society to below 3.6 percent and 0.3 percent respectively this year.

According to the HIV/AIDS Prevention Department, so far 206,000 people have lived with HIV, 59,000 suffered from AIDS and over 60,000 died from the disease. Dien Bien has the highest HIV/AIDS contracting rate with 980 carriers out of each 100,000 people.

Experts warned that without timely and effective intervention, sexual transmission will be the major cause of the spread of the virus in Vietnam .

Since the beginning of 2012, the Government has increased educational campaigns to combat the epidemic, raise public awareness of HIV prevention, fought discrimination against HIV sufferers and boosted preventive work and treatment in response to the 2012 Action Month for HIV/AIDS Prevention.-VNA