VGP - Most of the MSM (men have sex with men) group in the central province of Thừa Thiên-Huế are not fully aware of safe sex, which needs stronger dissemination of information about sexually transmitted diseases, and the promotion of the group’s role in HIV/AIDS prevention.
Mr. Ngô Hòa, Vice Chairman of the People’s Committee of Thừa Thiên-Huế Province, made the statement on February 2 at a review conference on the issue in the city.
The province has assigned the Thừa Thiên Huế HIV/AIDS Prevention and Fight Center and the provincial Health Department to map out an interference program on minimizing risks for the MSM group.
Huế city currently has 200 - 250 gays, of whom 90% are aged 18 – 34, 90% have completed at least tertiary education, 85% have lived in the city for 5 years or more, and most are unmarried. Of the gays, over 20% are aware of HIV, and nearly 50% use condoms when having sex.
Thừa Thiên Huế has detected over 1,100 HIV carriers, of whom nearly 430 are AIDS patients, including 290 fatalities. Most of HIV/AIDS cases are aged 20-39.
By Ngọc Vân