(CPV) – On the 25th World AIDS Day, the United Nations congratulates the Government of Viet Nam for its achievements against the HIV epidemic, and calls on the nation’s leaders to make wise investments in the HIV response to ensure Viet Nam achieves national and global targets. “Viet Nam has made great progress against HIV. But big challenges remain. It is critical for Viet Nam to focus precious national resources on three things: the right people, the right places and scaling up the most effective interventions,” said Dr. Kristan Schoultz, Country Director of UNAIDS Viet Nam and Convenor of the One UN Viet Nam’s HIV Joint Programming Group. “The right people are key populations at higher risk of infection: people who inject drugs and their sexual partners; people who buy and sell sex; and men who have sex with men. We need to reach out to these populations in high-burden areas of the country with interventions that make the biggest difference: condoms, sterile injecting equipment, HIV testing and antiretroviral treatment,” Dr. Schoultz said. Viet Nam has made significant strides in scaling up HIV treatment and reducing the rate of new HIV infections. The epidemic appears to be stabilizing. However, high levels of HIV persist among key populations in many provinces. At the end of 2012, an estimated 11% of men who inject drugs in Viet Nam were living with HIV, according to national data, but in some cities more than half of men who inject drugs were living with HIV….