USAID Helps Launch Hanoi’s First Men Who Have Sex With Men (MSM)-led Private Health Clinic

Friday, October 11, 2019

Ending HIV as a public health threat requires a holistic approach that engages all local stakeholders: the public sector, the private sector, and the community. On September 30, USAID’s Healthy Markets activity helped launch Hanoi’s first MSM-led private clinic G-Link. G-Link started as a community based organization in Ho Chi Minh City and, with USAID support, has grown into a social enterprise that is MSM-led and focused on delivering HIV prevention/care/treatment services to MSM. The Hanoi branch, G-Link's fifth clinic in Vietnam, will offer a blend of commercial, subsidized, and free HIV services to Key Populations, including MSM and transgender populations. In addition, G-Link will also provide services for sexually transmitted infections, viral hepatitis, and mental health.

So What? Private clinics like G-Link can build trust with communities, including MSM, who are hidden and often hard to reach. G-Link Hanoi has already enrolled 80 clients on pre-exposure prophylaxis and antiretroviral therapy.

Last updated: November 18, 2019

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