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'''OVERVIEW'''  
 
'''OVERVIEW'''  
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As the capital of Vietnam, Hanoi has many women's health resources. Contraceptives, including emergency contraceptives, are legal and do not require a prescription. There are a plethora of pharmacies throughout the city though you may struggle to find certain international brands. Since the 1960s, the North Vietnamese government has advocated family planning -- and, after reunification in 1975, family planning policies extended throughout the country. There is a 2-child policy that has remained in place for decades, although this policy seems to be on its way out (Note: It may have been removed in 2015... waiting for confirmation). Nowadays in Vietnam, you can get STI tests at many hospitals and clinics. However, if you're a foreigner or don't speak Vietnamese, it's recommended that you visit an international facility (list of such facilities below). You can find both pads and tampons, typically without applicators (like OB), at many markets and stores. Furthermore, abortion is fully legal for up to 22 weeks of pregnancy, and there are no known restrictions related to age or reasons. Due to its high prevalence, Vietnam has been called the "abortion capital" of Asia, a title that has also been given to [[China]]. You will find that both surgical and medical abortion options are available, and there are many resources, including international organizations like Marie Stopes, that can help you identify the appropriate services.
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As the capital of Vietnam, Hanoi has many women's health resources. Contraceptives, including emergency contraceptives, are legal and do not require a prescription. There are a plethora of pharmacies throughout the city though you may struggle to find certain international brands. Since the 1960s, the North Vietnamese government has advocated family planning -- and, after reunification in 1975, family planning policies extended throughout the country. There is a 2-child policy that has remained in place for decades, although this policy seems to be on its way out (Note: It may have been removed in 2015... waiting for confirmation). Nowadays in Vietnam, you can get STI tests at many hospitals and clinics. However, if you're a foreigner or don't speak Vietnamese, it's recommended that you visit an international facility (list of such facilities below). You can find both pads and tampons, typically without applicators (like OB), at many markets and stores. Furthermore, abortion is fully legal for up to 22 weeks of pregnancy, and there are no known restrictions related to age or reasons. Due to its high prevalence, Vietnam has been called the "abortion capital" of Asia, a title that has also been given to [[China]]. You will find that both surgical and medical abortion options are available, and there are many resources, including international organizations like Marie Stopes, that can help you identify the appropriate services. To receive a more generalized and comprehensive view of health care in Vietnam, we recommend that you visit the [[Vietnam]] country page.
    
==Contraception (Birth Control)==
 
==Contraception (Birth Control)==
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===Laws & Social Stigmas===
 
===Laws & Social Stigmas===
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Birth control is legal and widely accessible in Vietnam. It is estimated that 73%-75% of Vietnamese women (of reproductive age) use some form of birth control.<ref>[http://www.dktinternational.org/country-programs/vietnam/ DKT International: Vietnam]</ref> Typically, you'll be able to find oral contraceptive pills, IUDs, injectables (Depo Provera) and Implanon. The most commonly used forms of modern contraceptives tend to be IUDs and condoms. However, it is estimated that approximately 54% of Vietnamese women use modern methods of birth control; the remaining percentage use older methods, like withdrawal, the rhythm method or periodic abstinence.<ref>[https://www.guttmacher.org/about/journals/ipsrh/2002/12/accessibility-and-use-contraceptives-vietnam Accessibility and Use of Contraceptives in Vietnam]</ref>
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Birth control pills and condoms are legal and widely accessible in Vietnam. No prescription is required. It is estimated that 73%-75% of Vietnamese women (of reproductive age) use some form of birth control.<ref>[http://www.dktinternational.org/country-programs/vietnam/ DKT International: Vietnam]</ref> Typically, you'll be able to find oral contraceptive pills, IUDs, injectables (Depo Provera) and Implanon. The most commonly used forms of modern contraceptives tend to be IUDs and condoms. However, it is estimated that approximately 54% of Vietnamese women use modern methods of birth control; the remaining percentage use older methods, like withdrawal, the rhythm method or periodic abstinence.<ref>[https://www.guttmacher.org/about/journals/ipsrh/2002/12/accessibility-and-use-contraceptives-vietnam Accessibility and Use of Contraceptives in Vietnam]</ref>
    
Since 1963, Vietnam has had some form of population control. This began under the Democratic Republic of Vietnam (North Vietnam), when the government advocated capping families at two to three children. After reunification of Vietnam in 1975 under the communist government, family planning policies extended throughout the country. Ultimately, a 2-Child Policy was implemented in 1983. During the 1980s, the Vietnamese government provides incentives for those who followed the policy, like contraceptive availability, and those who did not, like enforcing penalties. The government also took cue from the Chinese government's stance by encouraging its citizens to get married later and to space out children 3-5 years apart. This policy is currently being reconsidered but seems to remain in place.<ref>[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Two-child_policy Wikipedia: Two-child Policy]</ref>
 
Since 1963, Vietnam has had some form of population control. This began under the Democratic Republic of Vietnam (North Vietnam), when the government advocated capping families at two to three children. After reunification of Vietnam in 1975 under the communist government, family planning policies extended throughout the country. Ultimately, a 2-Child Policy was implemented in 1983. During the 1980s, the Vietnamese government provides incentives for those who followed the policy, like contraceptive availability, and those who did not, like enforcing penalties. The government also took cue from the Chinese government's stance by encouraging its citizens to get married later and to space out children 3-5 years apart. This policy is currently being reconsidered but seems to remain in place.<ref>[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Two-child_policy Wikipedia: Two-child Policy]</ref>
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====Testing Facilities====
 
====Testing Facilities====
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* International SOS Clinic in Hanoi administers tests for HIV, STIs, hepatitis. Address: 51 Xuan Dieu (behind Fraser Suites), Tay Ho Quang An, Hanoi, Vietnam. Tel: +84 4 3934 0666 Email: infovn@internationalsos.com
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* International SOS Clinic in Hanoi administers tests for HIV, STIs, hepatitis. They should have health care providers that speak foreign languages. Address: 51 Xuan Dieu (behind Fraser Suites), Tay Ho Quang An, Hanoi, Vietnam. Tel: +84 4 3934 0666 Email: infovn@internationalsos.com
*[http://www.vietnammedicalpractice.com/en/location-contact-us/hanoi/ Family Medical Practice Hanoi]: Tests STIs including HIV and hepatitis. Does rapid tests. Also has access to PEP. Address: 298 I Kim Ma Street, Van Phuc Compound, Ba Dinh District, Hanoi, Vietnam, Tel: +84 4 3843 0748, Fax: +84 4 3846 1750, Email: hanoi@vietnammedicalpractice.com
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*[https://www.vietnammedicalpractice.com/en/contact-us/hanoi.html Family Medical Practice Hanoi]: Tests STIs including HIV and hepatitis. Does rapid tests. Also has access to PEP. Address: 298 I Kim Ma Street, Van Phuc Compound, Ba Dinh District, Hanoi, Vietnam, Tel: +84 4 3843 0748, Fax: +84 4 3846 1750, Email: hanoi@vietnammedicalpractice.com
 
* Sexual Health Clinic, Hanoi Medical University: Mainly aims for research subjects but they do administer tests, if you know someone there or have been recommended. Address: Room 605, Building A1, Hanoi Medical University, No.1, Ton That Tung Street, Hanoi, Vietnam
 
* Sexual Health Clinic, Hanoi Medical University: Mainly aims for research subjects but they do administer tests, if you know someone there or have been recommended. Address: Room 605, Building A1, Hanoi Medical University, No.1, Ton That Tung Street, Hanoi, Vietnam
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Facilities to Visit for Medications & Vaccines:  
 
Facilities to Visit for Medications & Vaccines:  
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* [http://www.vietnammedicalpractice.com/en/location-contact-us/hanoi/ Family Medical Practice Hanoi]: Tends to have more international selection of medications and accommodates foreigners. 298 I Kim Ma Street, Van Phuc Compound, Ba Dinh District, Hanoi, Vietnam. Tel: +84 4 3843 0748. Fax: +84 4 3846 1750. Email: hanoi@vietnammedicalpractice.com.
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* [https://www.vietnammedicalpractice.com/en/contact-us/hanoi.html Family Medical Practice Hanoi]: Tends to have more international selection of medications and accommodates foreigners. 298 I Kim Ma Street, Van Phuc Compound, Ba Dinh District, Hanoi, Vietnam. Tel: +84 4 3843 0748. Fax: +84 4 3846 1750. Email: hanoi@vietnammedicalpractice.com.
 
* [http://www.internationalsos.com International SOS Clinic]: Has a well-equipped pharmacy with mostly imported medicines and a few locally sourced.  
 
* [http://www.internationalsos.com International SOS Clinic]: Has a well-equipped pharmacy with mostly imported medicines and a few locally sourced.  
 
Address: 51 Xuan Dieu (behind Frasers Suites), Tay Ho, Quang An, Hanoi, Vietnam. Tel: +84 4 3934 0666 Email: infovn@internationalsos.com
 
Address: 51 Xuan Dieu (behind Frasers Suites), Tay Ho, Quang An, Hanoi, Vietnam. Tel: +84 4 3934 0666 Email: infovn@internationalsos.com
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