Vietnamese 'Still in Closet'

Published: December 18, 2009

Vietnamese ‘Still in Closet’

According to the United Nations, around one-tenth of the 26,000 gay men in Hanoi were infected with HIV in 2008, while a recent U.S. State Department Human Rights report said Vietnam’s homosexual community exists largely underground.

The gay community in Vietnam was only officially recognized after HIV-AIDS appeared in the country during the early 1990s, when the government issued a number of decrees aimed at preventing the spread of the disease.

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