MSM in Vietnam 'need to use condoms'

Gay men in Vietnam should find out where to buy condoms and make sure they take steps to reduce the spread of HIV.

Le Truong Giang, deputy head of the municipal Department of Health, said the incidence of the disease amongst those in same-sex relations has increased in recent years, the Vietnam News reports.

He added precautions have to be taken and so individuals may want to learn about the importance of the prophylactic device.

Some 16.4 per cent of the men who have sex with men (MSM) tested positive for HIV in 2009, while only 24 per cent of those questioned said they used a condom.

The Ho Chi Minh City AIDS Prevention Committee wants to attract as many MSM as possible in order to educate them about the dangers of carnal relations.

Professor Mike Kelly, director of the centre for public health excellence at the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence, recently said HIV is a "serious problem" in the UK.