Australia gives $215m more to AIDS fight

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grantThe Australian government will spend an additional $215 million as part of a commitment to fight the spread of AIDS in the Asia-Pacific region.

Foreign Minister Alexander Downer said the additional commitment would go towards meeting the $600 million promise to fight HIV and AIDS.

This includes $65 million over eight years to help local authorities reduce the likelihood of HIV infection among injecting drug users in Burma, Vietnam, two southern Chinese provinces, Cambodia, Laos and the Philippines.

This will double the programs already currently in place in these countries.

It also includes a new five year program in Papua New Guinea where Australia has already trained 620 health workers and 1,400 counsellors to support people living with the virus.

"These new programs I am announcing show Australia's continued commitment to ... fight HIV/AIDS," Mr Downer said.

"They build on the achievements of our work so far."

More than 8.6 million people are infected with the virus in the Asia Pacific.

"The fight to push back this expanding epidemic must be escalated," Mr Downer said.

"Asia has one of the fastest growing epidemics with almost one million people newly infected with HIV in the last 12 months."

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