Viet Nam’s VinaPrEP project supports PrEP services in a community setting

February 2019 – Viet Nam’s VinaPrEP project recruited 201 men who have sex with men at high risk of HIV in Ho Chi Minh City between October and December 2017. They were provided with a comprehensive PrEP package that included free screening for HIV, STIs, renal function and hepatitis A, B and C, as well as counselling and PrEP (tenofovir 300mg / emtricitabine 200mg).

Results from this technical review found high acceptability, tolerability and retention among PrEP users at 9 months follow-up, with no cases of HIV seroconversions at 12 months, and no substantial change in condom use. These findings provide further evidence to support safe and effective PrEP delivery in a community setting by clinical staff and peers, and show the importance of using a range of strategies to generate demand, with just 17% of clients self-presenting for PrEP.

VinaPrEP was implemented as a partnership between An Hao Polyclinic, the Centre for Applied Research on Men and Health, Ho Chi Minh City AIDS Center, the Viet Nam Administration of HIV/AIDS Control and UNAIDS Viet Nam. It was funded by M∙A∙C AIDS Fund and One UN Fund.

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