Peer Education for HIV Prevention in the Socialist Republic of Vietnam: A National Assessment
Khoat, D.V., West, G.R., Valdiserri, R.O., et al. Journal of Community Health (2003), 28(1), pp.1-17.
This report on a governmental assessment of HIV peer education programs finds that in 2000 “very limited” numbers of people were reached. Only 20 of Vietnam’s 61 provinces had programs. Most targeted injecting drug users and many targeted sex workers; however, few targeted their sex partners. The nature of education was also incomplete; while some programs distributed condoms, few demonstrated their correct use, and access to clean needles and syringes were often not provided. The authors say that small surveys of clients indicated continuing high-risk behaviors despite repeat contacts with peer educators, suggesting inefficiencies in peer education. The authors end with six recommendations to expand and improve peer education initiatives.