AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) has been operating in Vietnam since 2007 when an HIV/AIDS care and treatment program was established in Hai Phong City in collaboration with the Vietnam Administration of AIDS Control (VAAC) and Hai Phong Provincial AIDS Control Centre (PAC Hai Phong). Since then we have expanded our support for HIV/AIDS care and treatment activities to Hochiminh in 2012 in collaboration with Hochiminh City HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control (PAC HCM). Since 2015, AHF has collaborated with the Global Fund Program in Vietnam and with the Ministry of Security (MoH) to implement the model of HIV testing and treatment – link between community health facilities and prison in Hanoi Capital City, Thanh Hoa Province (200km Northfrom Hanoi), Hai Duong Province, Yen Bai province, An Giang Province, and Tay Ninh Province bordering Cambodia. Currently AHF is supporting 9 ARV sites, 6 prisons and 2 detoxification centers in Vietnam.
The HIV epidemic in Vietnam concentrated primarily three main groups of high riskbehavior: Injecting drug user (IDU), men who have sex with men(MSM) and female sex workers (FSW). The most important mode of HIV transmission in Vietnam is thru sharing contaminated needle sharing among IDUs. Sexual transmission of HIV among IDUs and their regular partners, MSM, sex workers and their clients, and from sex work clients with their regular sex partners. Many women living with HIV said they were infected by their husband who are UID or have sex with SWs. The HIV prevalence among general adult population is about 2,6%.
Along with HIV testing at project sites, AHF Vietnam runs mobile testing units for communities where the need for HIV testing is high but access to testing services is limited.
During World AIDS Day (WAD) and International Condom Day (ICD), AHF Vietnam cooperates with VAAC and PACs to implement testing sites at music shows to attract youth and members of high risk populations. At these events, AHF Vietnam encourages testing; in recent years, AHF has provided HIV testing services for more than 55,000 clients and detected 1,200 positive cases. More than 500,000 condoms were distributed to clients thru AHF clinics, testing campaigns, WAD and International Condom Days.