Knowledge of STIs and blood-borne viruses among Vietnamese men in metropolitan Sydney

Catherine C. O'Connor, Li Ming Wen, Chris Rissel, Miranda Shaw, Susan Quine

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Objective: To describe the sexual health knowledge of a group of Vietnamese men living in inner urban Sydney in order to assist with future program planning. Method: Data were collected through telephone interviews conducted in Vietnamese using a structured questionnaire. Data were obtained from 499 of 761 eligible men contacted, giving a response rate of 66%. The data were weighted to be consistent with the age distribution of Vietnamese males in the area. A comparison was done with a published national telephone study of sexual behaviour and knowledge. Results: Low knowledge levels about sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and blood-borne viruses were found, compared with data from a published national telephone study. The factors associated with higher mean knowledge scores on multiple regression were: having 10 or more lifetime female sexual partners, being hepatitis B vaccinated, knowing someone with HIV, having received information about HIV in Vietnam in the past 12 months, having received information about HIV or STIs in the past 12 months from a GR Knowledge about chlamydia was particularly poor. Conclusion: Targeted, community-wide, awareness-raising campaigns and health care worker education is required to improve the Vietnamese community's knowledge of STIs, with particular emphasis on improving chlamydia knowledge.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)464-467
Number of pages4
JournalAustralian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2007
Externally publishedYes


  • Chlamydia
  • Population based
  • Sex-worker clients
  • STI knowledge
  • Telephone interview
  • Vietnamese men


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