Implementation of Sexual Health Intervention for YMSM in Two Vietnamese Cities

Principal Investigator: Lloyd Goldstamt

Young male sex workers in Vietnam show high prevalence rates of HIV and other STIs, reflecting their involvement in multiple concurrent sex exchanges with both male and female partners, yet they have limited exposure to, or engagement in, health services, including community outreach, HIV/STI testing and treatment, and vaccination for HBV and HPV. Building on the substantial research capacity and health services infrastructure developed in our prior research collaboration in Vietnam, we propose to address these gaps in community outreach and health services access by using Sexual Health Promotion as a conceptual framework, and a research design based on principles of implementation science to deliver an intervention that combines already proven intervention technologies - community outreach nursing and sexual health promotion interventions - to enhance outreach coverage and to foster engagement and retention in health services among YMSWs in the two strategically selected cities in Vietnam (Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City). It is anticipated that the intervention will significantly contribute to intervention capacity-building in Vietnam and may als contribute to intervention development in neighboring countries in Southeast Asia that face similar challenges.

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