AIDS, drugs and prostitution policies suffer from ineffective implementation

Laws and policies relating to AIDS, drugs, and prostitution have been amended to help those affected to easily get benefits from government programmes, such as methadone and ARV therapy. But in reality, many people still face difficulties receiving the benefits because of ineffectiveness in policy implementation. At a policy dialogue on the implementation of the laws and policies held on Friday in HCM City, a representative of New Life Group, which provides assistance and counselling to addicts in the city, said that red tape prevents many addicts from getting methadone therapy. Patients must go through many procedures, including the identification of their addiction by the local relevant agency, he said.

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