PREVENTION January 4, 2017

TestBKK’s Outreach at White Party Bangkok 2017

APCOM’s Bangkok-based HIV testing campaign targeting young gay men – TestBKK – brought down a high-altitude fantasy of Mile High Club on to their recent outreach at White Party Bangkok – Asia’s biggest gay new year party spanning from 30 December 2016 to 1 January 2017. The term Mile High Club refers to two people engaging in sexual activity in …

PREVENTION October 25, 2016

TestSGN Encouraging Young MSM in Ho Chi Minh City to Take HIV Testing

TestXXX, APCOM’s city-based HIV testing campaign that is piloted in Bangkok has finally expanded to a new city: Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City), Vietnam. Led by the Center for Applied Research on Men and Community Health (CARMAH) under APCOM’s supervision, the campaign is named TestSGN, following the style of Bangkok campaign’s title (TestBKK) and using the 3-letter airport code of …

PREVENTION October 18, 2016

OctoberTest: TestBKK’s Revolutionary Way to Increase HIV Testing Uptake

For many young gay men, getting an HIV test can heighten anxiety, particularly when taken through traditional clinical settings. But what if testing was done in a ‘surprising’ location? What if getting to know your HIV status also gave the chance to win an iPhone 7, the most anticipated smartphone around. That anxiety would be replaced by excitement – or …

PREVENTION September 22, 2016

COPE4YMSM: Thai YMSM Prevention Effectiveness Evaluation

APCOM is proud to be among the collaboration partners of COPE4YMSM – evaluation study on the effectiveness of HIV prevention among Thai young men who have sex with men (YMSM). Led by Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and funded by National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, the study seeks to develop and conduct a non-randomized effectiveness and cost-effectiveness …

PREVENTION May 17, 2016

This IDAHOT, APCOM would Like to Remind Us the Importance of Youth-Friendly HIV Service

A teaser of our upcoming video advocating the importance of youth-friendly service is here.

Every day, an estimated 330 young people in Asia and the Pacific are newly infected with HIV, according to a recent UNAIDS report. That means 14 new HIV cases among young people every hour. It is estimated that 95% of all new infections among young people in Asia (young people aged 15-24) occur within the young cohort of most at …

PREVENTION April 12, 2016

This Songkran, Young Gay Men in Bangkok Splashed with the Biggest Sexual Health Campaign Ever!

Wet and wild, Thais certainly know how to celebrate their traditional New Year with a splash. During Thailand’s festive Songkran Festival, which runs from 13 to 15 April each year, Bangkok has been hosting Songkran celebration exclusively catered to gay men. In addition to the city’s pink districts being a magnet for gay locals and tourists who are desired to …

PREVENTION January 8, 2016

7 Reasons why TestBKK is not-your-average HIV Testing Campaign

Asia's Largest 2016 New Year Parties Edition

Over the 2016 New Year weekend, TestBKK collaborated with two Asia’s largest gay New Year parties, Sundance Asia NYE Party (Dec 31) and White Party Bangkok (Dec 31, 2015 – Jan 2, 2016) that took place in Bangkok. TestBKK’s presence ensured that the 7,000 (yes, seven thousand!) gay men from all over the globe who attended these parties were ushered …

PREVENTION May 27, 2015

PrEP in the eyes of a young Thai gay man

I am young, single, gay, but not on PrEP. I first learnt about PrEP at the birthing stage of TestBKK campaign in 2014.

READ THIS FIRST: PrEP is referred to oral pre-exposure prophylaxis, a new HIV prevention approach where HIV-negative individuals use anti-HIV medications to reduce their risk of becoming infected if they are exposed to the virus. According to iPrEx study  PrEP provides 92% to 99% reduction in HIV risk for HIV-negative individuals who take the pills every day as directed. To …

PREVENTION September 24, 2013

Emerging HIV Risk in Papua New Guinea

PNG’s HIV epidemic is predominately driven through heterosexual transmission. That said, other modes of transmission observed include vertical transmission and male-to-male sex. A few sporadic cases of HIV have been diagnosed whereby the mode of transmission has been reported as tattooing and injecting drug use. The data on those who have been diagnosed with HIV as a result of injecting …

RESEARCH December 15, 2012

Inconsistent condom use among young MSM, MSW, and TG in Thailand

Young men who have sex with men (MSM) are at risk for HIV infection. We investigated inconsistent condom use among 827 sexually active young MSM (15-24 years), enrolled using venue-day-time sampling in Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Phuket, Thailand. Data was collected using palmtop computer-assisted self-interviewing. Of participants, 33.1% were regular MSM, 37.7% were male sex workers (MSWs) and 29.1% were …