The aim of this study was to explore sexual relationship patterns and experiences among MSM in Hanoi, to inform HIV preventive efforts. Participants were aged between 19 and 48 years and came from diverse socio-economic backgrounds. Interviews were tape-recorded, transcribed verbatim, and translated into English. Content analysis was used.
A hidden HIV epidemic among women in Vietnam
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Metrics details. The response of the government has focused on the recognized high risk populations, mainly young male drug users. This concentration on one high risk population may leave other populations under-protected or unprepared for the risk and the consequences of HIV infection. In particular, attention to women's risks of exposure and needs for care may not receive sufficient attention as long as the perception persists that the epidemic is predominantly among young males. Without more knowledge of the epidemic among women, policy makers and planners cannot ensure that programs will also serve women's needs.
Metrics details. Although the number of new HIV reported cases has decreased by roughly 14, cases per year from to a concerning increase in HIV prevalence has been identified among men who have sex with men MSM from 1. Participants were recruited using the respondent driven sampling RDS method and provided both biological data specimens and behavioural data collected through a questionnaire survey. The study found high HIV prevalence Multivariate analysis found age and level of formal education completed, to be significantly associated with HIV infection.