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 …

REGIONAL July 26, 2012

Gay sex fuels HIV rise in Catholic Philippines

"This is a worrying explosion of HIV cases marked by a shift in the way the virus is transmitted…"

(Manila)  Gay sex in a conservative Catholic society where the influential church forbids the use of condoms is fuelling an alarming rise of HIV infections in the Philippines, experts warn. The Southeast Asian country is facing a HIV epidemic, with sex between men making up nearly 90 percent of all new cases, according to the health department and the United …

PREVENTION May 17, 2012

HIV prevention for MSM: peer reviewed articles from FHI360 with USAID funding

From FHI360 with USAID funding Does your communication work address HIV prevention for men who have sex with men (MSM)? Would you and your program like to  benefit from some of the latest research on internet-based communication that aims to decrease the HIV risk of members of this group? C-Channel 41 is for you! The May issue of C-Change’s e-newsletter …

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 …

PREVENTION August 1, 2008

Scaling up HIV programming for MSM – the experience in AP

This paper intends to help understand what made the difference in Asia and the Pacific for increased attention to MSM and HIV. There is wide agreement in the region that two processes, one sub-regional and one region-wide, have provided a framework and context which both strengthened MSM advocacy for improving the response to HIV and allowed most national governments in …