14 % Vietnamese gay men HIV positive

Nguyen Thi Minh Tam from the Department of Harm Reduction, Vietnam Administration of HIV/AIDS Control, claims that about 14 percent of Vietnamese gay men are HIV positive.

A study on HIV reveals that gay men contracting HIV has risen by 50 percent and is higher amongst those who undergo a sex-change operation.

Moreover, gay men face discrimination within society and family, which dampens their spirits. Most gay men experience depression after they reveal their identity, some live closed lives while others quit schools and more than 30 percent commit suicide.

By K. Nguyen - Translated by Uyen Phuong

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