HIV/AIDS in Vietnam

I recently completed an assignment with UNAIDS in northern Vietnam. We tried to show some of the projects that they’re involved in here, from an MSM (Men who have Sex with Men) cabaret night in Hanoi, to HIV/AIDS clinics, support groups and rehabilitation centres in the surrounding countryside. Its a tricky topic to cover here, and some of our initial coverage ideas didn’t work out as we were unable to arrange access. However, this is just the start of something I’d very much like to continue covering, so there’s time to work out some of those issues in the future and continue the story. Many thanks to Riikka and Akiko at UNAIDS and UNFPA, whose enthusiasm and determination resulted in a very productive assignment.

In Mai Chau we observed a funeral for an HIV positive man who had died.

Propaganda posters at a rehabilitation centre, espousing the dangers of intravenous drug use.

At the rehabilitation centre some patients worked producing plastic parts….

…. and others attended a meeting.

Patients hold hands at the meeting.

Lo Thi Nghiem (L, with children), a member of Dong Tam Club, an HIV support group in Mai Chau.

At the The Dong Tam Club, Mai Chau.

At the “Chia se Club” (Sharing Club), Da Bac village, Hoa Binh province.

An MSM night at a cafe in Hanoi, featuring a cross-dressing fashion show, karaoke songs, and a demonstration of how to properly use a condom.

A youth cafe in Hoa Binh, friendly to alternative lifestyles and open discussion of HIV/AIDS issues.

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~ by Julian Abram Wainwright on July 16, 2008.

9 Responses to “HIV/AIDS in Vietnam”

  1. […] HIV/AIDS in VietnamI recently completed an assignment with UNAIDS in northern Vietnam. We tried to show some of the projects that they’re involved in here, from an MSM (Men who have Sex with Men) cabaret night in Hanoi, to HIV/AIDS clinics, support groups … […]

  2. Beautiful shots, but I get the sense from the rehabilitation center shots that everyone is bored out of their minds and completely unpersuaded by whatever they’re being told. Is that sort of what you were trying to get across?

  3. […] zombie wrote an interesting post today onHere’s a quick excerptPropaganda posters at a rehabilitation centre, espousing the dangers of intravenous drug use. At the rehabilitation centre some patients worked producing plastic parts…. …. and others attended a meeting. … […]

  4. […] HIV/AIDS in VietnamAt the “Chia se Club” (Sharing Club), Da Bac village, Hoa Binh province. An MSM night at a cafe in Hanoi, featuring a cross-dressing fashion show, karaoke songs, and a demonstration of how to properly use a condom. … […]

  5. […] HIV/AIDS in VietnamAt the “Chia se Club” (Sharing Club), Da Bac village, Hoa Binh province. An MSM night at a cafe in Hanoi, featuring a cross-dressing fashion show, karaoke songs, and a demonstration of how to properly use a condom. … […]

  6. […] HIV/AIDS in VietnamAt the “Chia se Club” (Sharing Club), Da Bac village, Hoa Binh province. An MSM night at a cafe in Hanoi, featuring a cross-dressing fashion show, karaoke songs, and a demonstration of how to properly use a condom. … […]

  7. Very interesting post. I was surprise to discover that there some work on the MSM community, i thought it was totally blacked out from the governement.

    Indeed i would like to have some more info on the association working in hanoi, if you can contact me by email.

  8. Thanks for the post and hard work you have done in Vietnam Julian.

    I have hundred of photographs and their stories about HIV/AIDS, poverty, and social conditions in Vietnam to share to the world too, but don’t know how. Here are some examples:
    http://www.chicagoartistsresource.org/visual-arts/node/374
    http://www.tpan.com/publications/positively_aware/nov_dec_03/vietnam.html

  9. […] The expedition through the Mai Chau Valley was tough. “It was over 100 degrees, with 100 percent humidity, and the cicadas were out in full force,” says Friedman. The challenge was more physically strenuous than any of the volunteers had expected. Friedman, who suffers from an ailing knee and asthma, struggled to climb mountains in the extreme heat. “Thank God for Chelsea,” says Friedman, “because she was able to keep shooting while I was struggling just to make it through the day.” […]

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