The project consists in a Pilot Implementation Project of Methadone and Buprenorphine/ Naloxone (Suboxone®) for Injecting Drug Users in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. It evaluates the implementation of a Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) program that includes pharmacological treatment with both methadone and buprenorphine/naloxone, counseling sessions on drugs and HIV, integrated within an HIV treatment setting. This is the first project to establish a treatment program that is dedicated to treat opioids addiction and HIV within the same clinic; and also the first time that buprenorphine/naloxone (Suboxone®) treatment is used in Vietnam. Up to 500 injection opioids users will be enrolled in the program.

The project is collaboration between:

The specific aims of the project are:

  • To establish a new integrated MAT treatment program within and HIV treatment setting in Ho Chi Minh City;
  • To evaluate the barriers and the facilitators to implement an integrated MAT/HIV treatment;
  • To evaluate the retention and the medication adherence in integrated MAT/HIV Care;
  • To estimate the costs and benefits of MAT treatment strategies.

The project is funded by the NIDA grant R01- DA033671-01.