AIDS and Behavior

, Volume 12, Issue 3, pp 476–482

Prevalence and Risk Factors Associated with HIV Infection Among Men Having Sex with Men in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam


  • Tuan Anh Nguyen
    • National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology
  • Hien Tran Nguyen
    • National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology
  • Giang Truong Le
    • Department of Health Services
    • Department of EpidemiologyUCLA School of Public Health
Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s10461-007-9267-y

Cite this article as:
Nguyen, T.A., Nguyen, H.T., Le, G.T. et al. AIDS Behav (2008) 12: 476. doi:10.1007/s10461-007-9267-y


To learn more about risk behaviors among men who have sex with men (MSM) in Vietnam and their prevalence of HIV, we conducted a study among MSM in Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) to determine HIV-1 prevalence and behaviors associated with infection. This consisted of formative (35 MSM) and cross-sectional (600 MSM) studies at 72 sites, including 75 transvestites, 55 bisexuals, 10 sex workers, and 460 other MSM. Only 5.3% cohabited with a wife/girlfriend, but 30% reported ever having sex with a female. Prevalence of HIV was 8%, ranging from 33% in sex workers to 7% among transvestites and other MSM. Injecting drugs, selling sex, being 20–40 years old, having less than 6 years of education, and having more than five male anal sex partners in the past month were associated with being HIV-infected. MSM are an HIV bridge group, and should be included in sentinel surveillance. Targeted interventions should be implemented.


HIVMen having sex with men (MSM)VietnamInjection drug users (IDUs)Commercial sex workers (CSWs)

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