'Never testing for HIV' among men who have sex with men in viet nam: Results from an internet-based cross-sectional survey

Macarena Cecilia García, Quyen Le Duong, Licelot Eralte Mercer, Samantha Beth Meyer, Paul Russell Ward

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Abstract

Background: Men who have sex with men in Viet Nam have been under-studied as a high-risk group for HIV infection, and this population's percentage and determinants of HIV testing have not been comprehensively investigated. Methods. A national Internet-based survey of self-reported sexual and health seeking behaviours was conducted between August and October 2011 with 2077 Vietnamese men who had sex with men in the last twelve months to identify the frequency of 'never testing for HIV' among Internet-using MSM living in Viet Nam, as well as the factors associated with this HIV-related high-rish behavior. Logistic regression analyses were conducted to assess the demographic characteristics and behaviours predicting never testing for HIV. Results: A total of 76.5% of men who have sex with men who were surveyed reported never having been voluntarily tested for HIV. Predictors of never being tested included having a monthly income less than VND 5 Million, being a student, using the Internet less than 15 hour per week, and not participating in a behavioural HIV intervention. Conclusions: Never testing for HIV is common among Internet-using men who have sex with men in Viet Nam. Given the dangerously high prevalence of this high-risk behaviour, our findings underscore the urgent need for segmented and targeted HIV prevention, care and treatment strategies, focusing on drastically reducing the number of men who have sex with men never testing for HIV in Viet Nam.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1236
JournalBMC Public Health
Volume13
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 28 Dec 2013
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • High risk HIV behaviours
  • HIV testing
  • Men who have Sex with Men
  • Viet Nam

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