REGIONAL January 31, 2013

HIV/AIDS among MSM and transgender populations in South-East Asia 2010

An assessment of the current situation of HIV/AIDS among men who have sex with men (MSM) and transgender (TG) populations and the national responses was undertaken by the WHO Regional Office for South-East Asia. The countries assessed are Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Timor-Leste. Same-sex behaviour is identified in all societies, irrespective of whether same-sex …

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 …

POLICIES December 27, 2009

Asia Regional Consultation on MSM HIV/AIDS Care and Support

The word “crisis” is so overused and yet it is difficult to use any other word or phrase to describe the state of the HIV epidemic among men who have sex with men and transgender persons. Some three decades into the global AIDS response, the epidemic’s spread among these long marginalized and neglected populations is rapidly escalating and currently represents …

ADVOCACY December 2, 2009

An OPEN strategy for a response to AIDS in the Pacific

The Pacific is a unique and vulnerable region. It spans a third of the world’s surface and accounts for just 0.14% of the world’s population—with a similar proportion of the global burden of HIV. For Pacific countries, even a small number of people living with HIV can translate into high incidence and prevalence rates that can have devastating impacts on …

POLICIES May 13, 2009

State Sponsored Homophobia

It is the hatred, hostility, or disapproval of homosexual people. While appalling and dangerous – and at times murderous – when it is found in individuals, formal or informal groups, it makes life for Lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans or intersex (LGBTI) persons a misery, often leading these to a devastating feeling of insecurity even within their families of origin. Homophobia …

RESEARCH May 1, 2009

Global Consultation on MSM and HIV/AIDS Research

The Global Consultation on MSM and HIV/AIDS Research and this report of proceedings represent only the first steps in a collaborative and ongoing process that will continue to unfold in the months and years ahead. In planning for the event, amfAR neither intended nor expected that the meeting and report would provide definitive answers to the myriad pressing questions surrounding …

PUBLICATIONS September 30, 2008

Sexual Behaviour and Risk Factors for HIV Infection among MSM in Thailand

Abstract: HIV prevalence and associated risk behaviors were examined among Thai bisexually active men (MSMW, n = 450) and men who have sex with men only (MSM-only, n = 1,125). Cross sectional venue-day-time sampling was used to collect data. Chi-square and logistic regression were used to identify HIV risk factors. HIV prevalence was 8.2% among MSMW and 21.2% among MSM-only. …

REGIONAL September 12, 2008

Second country consultation and training meeting on male sexual health in Myanmar

HIV/AIDS has become a national priority in Myanmar, as one of three priorities communicable diseases identified by the Ministry of Health. In South-East Asia, Myanmar, as well as Thailand and Cambodia, have been identified by UNAIDS as the three highest priority countries. UNAIDS 2004 estimates for the number of HIV positive individuals in Myanmar range from 170,000 to 620,000 (out …

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 …

SHOWCASE June 2, 2008

MSM in Asia Pacific: Critical HIV Research for Better Decision Making

Sex between men occurs in all countries and in all cultures. It is estimated that between 5-10 percent of all HIV infections worldwide have resulted from sex between men, however this figure varies considerably within countries and between regions. Despite information gaps regarding the impact of HIV on men who have sex with men (MSM), HIV prevalence among MSM wherever …