national survey on youth was released Friday in Hanoi.
Done in cooperation with the World Health Organization and
UNICEF, the survey of 7,584 people ages 14-25 asked
questions about health, sexuality, education, and
family lives. According to the survey, 60% of young
people in Vietnam know about homosexuality, and of those,
four out of five said they would not accept a gay
person as a friend.
According to the
survey, the average age of respondents' first sexual
encounter is 19.6. Ninety-seven percent of Vietnamese youth
said they had heard of HIV, and the same number agreed
that if properly used, condoms could prevent HIV.
Seventy percent, however, said that condoms reduce
Though the survey
is important for government policy makers, it is
useless without action, said Hans Troedsson, WHO's
representative in Hanoi. "We would like to see that
these data will be used constructively. The challenge
for us all now is not to understand or read through
the report; it's to take the knowledge in the report and
turn it into action," said Troedsson. (AP)