RESEARCH December 6, 2010

A review of the epidemiology of HIV infection and prevention responses among MSM in Asia

In the past few years, there has been increased concern about new, newly identified and resurging epidemics of HIV infection among men who have sex with men (MSM) on a global level. Against the background of low and declining adult HIV prevalence in most countries, MSM continue to be disproportionately affected by HIV infection. In Asia, MSM have 18.7 times the odds of being HIV infected compared with someone in the general adult population. In recent years, scattered epidemiological research has identified high HIV prevalence among MSM in several Asian countries, but a comprehensive picture of the HIV epidemic among MSM in Asia is lacking. In addition, little information is available regarding preventive and policy responses toward the HIV epidemic in MSM. In this article, we review the epidemiology of HIV and the status of HIV prevention responses among MSM in Asia and make some recommendations for future directions. Unless indicated otherwise, data presented in this review are limited to general MSM and do not include specific MSM subpopulations, such as transgenders and male sex workers.

Source: Thailand Ministry of Public Health – US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Collaboration, Nonthaburi, Thailand and Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention, Atlanta, GA, USA, and Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society, La Trobe University, M
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