HIV transmission rate among injection drug addicts has increased to 18 per cent, according to the figures from National HIV/AIDS Eradication Plan.
Currently, Myanmar is facing narcotic problems such as opium growing, production and trading. In 2017, poppy growing dropped to 25 per cent and poppy production, to 14 per cent significantly.
Myanmar has set a goal of ending HIV/AIDS epidemic as a public health risk by 2030. Currently, Health Ministry has been implementing the National HIV/AIDS Strategic Plan (2016-2020).
The National HIV/AIDS Strategic Plan was drafted based on the successes of political pledges and the National Strategic Plan-2. The plan focused on geographical and regional populations and priority sectors in order to get big impacts.
The strategic plan aims to protect and promote human rights and gender equality of targeted groups and those who are suffering the consequences of HIV transmission, including those living with HIV, drug addicts, men who have sex with men, sex workers and their partners.
HIV/AIDS is one of priority diseases in the national health plan in Myanmar. In 2016, the Health Ministry spent US$ 15 million to give treatment to HIV patients including the purchase of ART and US$ one million to buy methadone.