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High rates of oral STIs among male sex workers in Vietnam
  1. Le Minh Giang1,
  2. Michael C Clatts2,
  3. Lloyd A Goldsamt3,
  4. Gary Yu3
  1. 1Center for Research and Training on HIV/AIDS, Hanoi Medical University, Hanoi, Vietnam
  2. 2School of Public Health, University of Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  3. 3College of Nursing, New York University, New York, New York, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr Gary Yu, School of Nursing, New York University, New York, NY 10003, USA; gy9{at}

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Male sex workers (MSW) in Vietnam have complex sexual partner profiles, including both male and female client partners and both male and female elective partners. Although sex practices vary across partner types, both active and receptive oral sex is common with all partner types. As a consequence of this complexity, MSWs are at high risk for becoming infected with oral STIs as well as for transmitting STIs to sex partners. Between 2009 and 2011, a community sample of MSWs, age 16–35 years, was recruited for …

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  • Contributors LGM, MCC and LAG draughted the manuscript and GY provided statistical support. LMG initiated this line of inquiry and MC draughted this report. All authors contributed.

  • Competing interests None.

  • Ethics approved University of Puerto Rico Medical Sciences Campus and Hanoi Medical University.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.