Quantitative Study: Condom use, VCT use, BTC TRaC Study among Male Injecting Drug Users in the 7 PEPFAR provinces

Year: 2009-2010


While HIV rates in Vietnam are still relatively low in the general population, HIV prevalence is alarmingly high among injecting drug users (IDUs) in some areas of the country. As of 2009, nearly one in five male IDUs in Vietnam was reported to be HIV-positive (IBBS, 2009). In order to mitigate the spread of HIV infection in Vietnam, programs that target this high-risk population.

As part of the AIDSTAR Task Order, Population Service International (PSI) Vietnam is implementing a USAID/PEPFAR-funded program targeting male IDUs in 7 provinces. The objectives of the program are to promote of safer sexual behaviors (e.g., increased consistent condom use with sexual partners), increase uptake of VCT services, and prevent initiation of injecting drug use.

At the request of PSI, ISMS carried out a baseline survey of male IDUs from November 2009 to February 2010 in 7 PEPFAR provinces in Vietnam. As part of this survey, a pilot study was conducted in Hanoi and HCMC in November 2009.

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