A Group-Based Sexual Risk Reduction Intervention for Men Who Have Sex With Men in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam: Feasibility, Acceptability, and Preliminary Efficacy

Matthew J. Mimiaga, Elizabeth F. Closson, Katie B. Biello, Huyen Nguyen, Quan Hoang Nguyen, Catherine E. Oldenburg, Hang Thi Xuan Lan, Steven A. Safren, Kenneth H. Mayer, Donn J. Colby

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Abstract

An emerging HIV epidemic can be seen among men who have sex with men (MSM) in Vietnam. There are currently no evidence-based behavioral sexual risk reduction interventions for MSM in this setting. Between October 2012 and June 2013, 100 high-risk MSM from Ho Chi Minh City were enrolled in an open pilot trial to assess feasibility and acceptability of a group-based, manualized sexual risk reduction intervention, and to preliminarily examine changes in primary and secondary outcomes. Participants completed a behavioral assessment battery and HIV testing at baseline, 3, and 6 months post-baseline. Over 80.0 % of the sample was <25 years old and 77.0 % identified as Bong kin (“hidden,” masculine-appearing). Feasibility and acceptability of the program was evidenced by 87.0 % retention for the intervention sessions, 78.0 % completion of the 6 month assessment, and positive responses on evaluation forms and qualitative exit interviews. There was a decline in the number of condomless anal sex acts from baseline (6.32) to 3 month (2.06) and 6 month (2.49) follow-up (p < .0001). These data support the need for further testing of this group-based, behavioral HIV prevention intervention to reduce sexual risk behavior among MSM in Vietnam in a randomized controlled efficacy trial.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1493-1500
Number of pages8
JournalArchives of Sexual Behavior
Volume45
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 2016

Keywords

  • HIV prevention
  • Men who have sex with men
  • Sexual orientation
  • Sexual risk
  • Vietnam

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Psychology(all)

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