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New HIV/AIDS infections increase in Laos
  • | VietnamPlus | February 25, 2024 01:02 PM
The number of new HIV/AIDS cases in Laos has steadily climbed partly due to a shortage of financial support from foreign countries and limited budget from the government.

A report from the Centre for HIV/AIDS/STI under the Lao Ministry of Health showed that the country documented 2,066 HIV cases in 2023, increasing the total infections to 20,688, with 7,059 progressing to AIDS.


Communication campaigns carried out to raise the Lao communities' awareness of HIV and AIDS. (Photo: WHO)

More than 5,600 people died from the virus, and 11,980 have been treated with antiretroviral medicines.

Minister of Health Bounfeng Phoummalaysith said global instability has affected countries’ budget, including Laos, adding the lack of financial support from outside has made it hard for the ministry to carry out HIV/AIDS prevention plans.

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