This talk will briefly recount a short history of HIV/AIDS in Vietnam, and a shift from a “social evils”-based intervention strategy to a contemporary strategy based on civil society participation and human rights, supported by the global American HIV/AIDS program PEPFAR (President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief).

Drawing on fieldwork experiences with US and Vietnamese government and non-government personnel, program designers and implementers, as well as program constituents and “most at risk populations,” Dr Montoya will show how this shift represents a significant positive adjustment in the prevention and control of the epidemic, but also the promotion and implementation of a new and perhaps more intrusive regime of biopolitical intervention.


Dr Alfred Montoya received his PhD in Anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley. His work is on shifts in modes of governance around HIV/AIDS epidemic prevention and control in Southeast Asia. In 2007-2008, as a Ford Fellow, he conducted fieldwork in Vietnam, Lao PDR and Cambodia. He also worked as a consultant for local NGOs and the USAID Health Policy Initiative.

This talk is part of Activist Care Centre, a fundraising programme of Post-Museum [].

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