Patterns and risk factors of inconsistent condom use among men who have sex with men in Viet Nam: results from an Internet-based cross-sectional survey

Macarena Garcia, Quyen Le Duong, Licelot Mercer, Samantha Meyer, Todd Koppenhaver, Paul Ward

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    Abstract

    Survey data from men who have sex with men (MSM) in Asian cities indicate drastic increases in HIV prevalence. It is unknown which factors are most important in driving these epidemics. The objective of this study was to identify patterns of condom use among MSM Internet users living in Viet Nam, as well as risk factors associated with inconsistent condom use and non-condom use. A national Internet-based survey of sexual behaviours was administered in 2011. Results showed that 44.9% of MSM reported not using a condom during their last anal sex encounter with a male partner. MSM were less likely to report condom use during anal sex with long-term partners than with casual partners. Twenty-three and a half per cent of MSM surveyed had ever taken an HIV test and received the results. Study findings highlight the urgent need for targeted strategies focused on increasing the rate of consistent condom use during anal sex with male partners among MSM in Viet Nam.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1225-1238
    Number of pages14
    JournalGlobal Public Health: An International Journal for Research, Policy and Practice
    Volume9
    Issue number10
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2014

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