9 April 2018 - The number of new HIV cases among men who have sex with men (MSM) in Vietnam has risen significantly in recent years. Last week USAID SHIFT partnered with provincial authorities to officially launched HIV self-testing services for clients in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. The effort is focused on offering MSM a convenient and discrete method to determine their HIV status. The model differs from other self-testing options by allowing clients to order HIV test kits shipped to their homes, followed by online counseling to interpret test results and determine next steps. Well-trained virtual counselors provide close support to help those with reactive tests confirm diagnosis and rapidly enroll in treatment. As a result, a broader array of MSM can access HIV testing services, including those who are reluctant to visit health facilities or in-person testing offered by MSM networks. USAID SHIFT is enabling provincial leaders in the country’s two largest cities to expand testing options and thereby increase the number of MSM who know their HIV status and can enroll in treatment. By doing so with government partners, USAID SHIFT is helping build a sustainable means of tackling the HIV epidemic among an at-risk group.