AIDS and Behavior

, 13:1151

HIV Risk Behaviours and Determinants Among People Living with HIV/AIDS in Vietnam

  • Duong Cong Thanh
  • Nguyen Tran Hien
  • Nguyen Anh Tuan
  • Bui Duc Thang
  • Nguyen Thanh Long
  • Knut Fylkesnes
Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s10461-008-9451-8

Cite this article as:
Thanh, D.C., Hien, N.T., Tuan, N.A. et al. AIDS Behav (2009) 13: 1151. doi:10.1007/s10461-008-9451-8

Abstract

There is a potentially high risk of HIV spreading from people living with HIV/AIDS. We conducted a cross-sectional study to examine HIV risk behaviours and their determinants among people living with HIV/AIDS. Eighty-two percent had been sexually active. Sex with multiple partners was reported by 20% and consistent condom use by about one third. More than half of the participants (52%) reported having injected drugs during the previous month, and 35% of those had shared needles and syringes. Voluntary HIV testing and having received condoms or injection equipment from the local HIV prevention program, were found to be significantly associated with fewer HIV risk behaviours. Having learned recently about personal HIV status, multiple sex partners, low educational attainment and young age were found to be associated with higher HIV risk behaviours. Giving high priority to targeted preventive and support programmes is likely to be a highly cost-effective strategy.

Keywords

Risk behavioursHIV/AIDSPeople living with HIV/AIDSVietnam

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2008

Authors and Affiliations

  • Duong Cong Thanh
    • 1
    • 2
  • Nguyen Tran Hien
    • 2
  • Nguyen Anh Tuan
    • 2
  • Bui Duc Thang
    • 2
  • Nguyen Thanh Long
    • 3
  • Knut Fylkesnes
    • 1
  1. 1.Centre for International HealthUniversity of BergenBergenNorway
  2. 2.Department of HIV/AIDSNational Institute of Hygiene and EpidemiologyHanoiVietnam
  3. 3.Ministry of HealthHanoiVietnam