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October 30, 2017

Chung and Minh* met when Chung was volunteering with HIV prevention activities in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, and Minh was looking for more support to properly adhere to his HIV antiretroviral therapy regimen.  Chung was happy to help, and before long they became a couple. Chung maintains that their love is so strong that Minh’s HIV status doesn’t change things, but when the pair learned about oral pre-exposure prophylaxis for HIV (PrEP), they jumped at the opportunity to add an extra layer of protection along with practicing safe sex and using a condom. One year ago, this would not have been possible.

October 26, 2017

Earlier this month, USAID’s Enhanced Community HIV Link – Northern activity collaborated with PEPFAR to train 41 national and provincial news agency reporters in Nghe An and Dien Bien provinces. The training highlighted updated knowledge about HIV/AIDS programing in Vietnam; ethics in HIV communication; stigma and discrimination faced by people living with HIV (PLHIV); and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) issues.

October 26, 2017

This week, USAID’s Governance for Inclusive Growth Program and the Ministry of Justice’s Department of International Law conducted training programs in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City to improve the capacity of government and judicial officials at the provincial level on the implementation of convention.

October 26, 2017

Methadone Maintenance Therapy (MMT) refers to the use of methadone to treat opioid addiction (such a heroin) when detoxification has been unsuccessful. Since 2015, USAID’s Sustainable HIV Response from Technical Assistance (SHIFT) activity has made significant strides in convincing local authorities to scale up MMT as a cost effective, evidence-based, and humane means to prevent HIV transmission and treat drug abuse.

October 26, 2017

As Vietnam transitions from donor-funded to locally-supported HIV/AIDS activities in Vietnam, CBOs will find it challenging to maintain community-based HIV prevention, care and support services to men who have sex with men, transgender women and people living with HIV. In response, last week, USAID’s Enhanced Community HIV Link - Southern activity in collaboration with Life Centre, a Ho Chi Minh City based NGO, trained 17 CBOs in Ho Chi Minh City to professionalize their services.

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Last updated: December 01, 2017

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