US funds Hanoi's new methadone, HIV clinics

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Hanoi opened its third methadone clinic Monday and an HIV outpatient facility Tuesday with financial and technical support from the US.


The methadone clinic is the 13th in the country, all of which receive technical and financial assistance from the US President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief.


The US government has assisted Vietnam in implementing methadone treatment, which has been used for more than four decades to treat opioid-related addiction in Western countries.


The clinic was inaugurated in Son Tay District in the presence of US Ambassador Michael Michalak and Vietnam's Health Ministry senior officials.


The HIV clinic, which opened Tuesday, in Soc Son District will provide HIV patients in the region with quality clinical care and treatments. It will also offer free and confidential counseling and testing.


Both clinics are supported by the US Agency for International Development.

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