SHOWCASE August 26, 2013

Outcome Assessment of the Asia Pacific Coalition on Male Sexual Health

This document entitled Outcome Assessment of the Asia Pacific Coalition on Male Sexual Health (APCOM) was developed following an evaluation of APCOM. This process was unique, and is the first such evaluation of a network to assess the impacts that it has had on the HIV epidemic and HIV response in relation to the MSM and transgender communities in Asia and the …

POLICIES December 21, 2012

MSM Country Snapshot Series: Viet Nam

In 2002, Viet Nam’s state-run media declared homosexuality a ‘social evil’ equally as harmful as drug use

Men who have sex with men in Viet Nam are at disproportionately high risk of HIV transmission. Research suggests that this is due in large part to multiple sexual partners, low condom use and low perceptions of risk. Not all MSM are at equal risk, however. HIV prevalence among MSM was found to be significantly higher in cities than in …

RESEARCH June 8, 2012

Implementation of Web-Based Respondent-Driven Sampling among MSM in Vietnam

Men who have sex with men (MSM) has emerged as a key population in the global HIV epidemic. Modeling work on the Asian epidemic points to a scenario in which 42 percent of all new HIV infections in Asia will occur among MSM by 2020. While population-based surveys in countries with generalized epidemics have generated vast amounts of data on …

POLICIES November 1, 2008

Report on mapping MSM groups, organisations and networks in South Asia

According to a policy brief titled “The Value of Investing in MSM Programs in the Asia and the Pacific region”, developed by the USAID Health Policy Initiative and APCOM (March 2008), there is strong evidence establishing male-to-male sex as one of the driving forces of HIV transmission in the region. HIV prevalence among MSM and transgender populations ranges from 3 …

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 …

PUBLICATIONS June 1, 2008

The Value of Investing in MSM Programmes in Asia Pacific

At least 5–10 percent of all HIV cases worldwide are attributable to sexual transmission between men. In countries in the Asia-Pacific region, HIV prevalence among men who have sex with men (MSM) ranges from 3–17 percent (5 to 15 times higher than overall HIV prevalence). As many MSM also report having sex with women, preventing transmission among MSM will not …