In Vietnam Aidsfonds works with the Centre for Supporting Community Development Initiatives (SCDI) to support men who have sex with men (MSM) and transgenders (TG). SCDI addresses (self)stigma, advocates for friendly health services, provides capacity building in capturing and utilising evidence for advocacy, and increases the demand for and access to services by developing a smartphone or web-based application to access health care by MSM and TG.

Project details

Time frame
01 January 2017 - 31 December 2020
€ 101,676
Active in


The project aims to beat the AIDS epidemic in countries that are most affected by HIV. Specific outcomes of SCDI's work for LGBTI in Vietnam include addressing stigma, capacity building in capturing and utilizing evidence for advocacy, and increasing the demand for and access to services.

Community groups

The work of SCDI and VNMSM and VNTG targets LGBT in Vietnam. SCDI works with staff of around 90 community based organisations in Vietnam.


In general, health care providers in Vietnam are not well-informed on sexual diversity and the needs and issues of the LGBT community. Although homosexuality is no longer considered a psychological or physical illness, LGBT still face many challenges and are not fully accepted by their family and by for example health care professionals. Also the general public usually does not have access to accurate information about LGBT and thus do not understand sexual orientation and gender identity. They are exposed to the negative stereotypes portrayed by the media and entertainment industry.

Vietnam is a middle-income country of 90.5 million people. There are 227,154 people living with HIV in Vietnam. The HIV prevalence among the general population is low. HIV prevalence among MSM is 5.2%. Although the number of new HIV infections in Vietnam has declined in recent years, 40% of key populations were not reached by prevention programmes. For example, in 2015, almost 70% of MSM were not reached by prevention programmes. Data also suggests that 63% of MSM do not use condoms frequently.


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