A seminar was held in the Mekong Delta province of An Giang on May 13 to discuss measures to reduce HIV transmission among men who have sex with men (MSM).
The event, co-organised by Family Health International (FHI) - a global organisation active in the fight against HIV/AIDS, introduced a men’s health club model where MSMs can go for counselling and information about sex and protection against HIV.
The risk of HIV spreading beyond the MSM group is high and could threaten the safety of the community because a large number of MSMs also have sex with women.
FHI and its local partners in An Giang highlighted the need to provide MSMs with psychological counselling and encourage them to become involved in the intervention programme be tested for HIV and other sexually-transmitted diseases (STDs).
The incidence of HIV among MSMs has increased rapidly in Vietnam in recent years. In An Giang, MSM with HIV accounted for 2 percent of HIV/AIDS sufferers, many of them addicted to drugs and having unprotected sex, the Health Ministry said.
According to the Ministry, 63 percent of MSMs in the province have obtained the necessary information about HIV/AIDS.