PUBLICATIONS July 30, 2014

Issues Brief: Local Epidemics. UNAIDS. (2014)

This brief discusses important new opportunities to reverse the HIV epidemic in specific locations and among key populations at higher risk of HIV exposure. More and more countries are collecting and analysing data that enable these locations to be identified and addressed. Data collection is expanding, and new methods are being used to identify where localized epidemics may be emerging, …

SHOWCASE July 24, 2014

Alarm rings on low uptake of existing prevention options for anal STIs and HIV

"Key affected communities should be in the heart of the delivery of services by the government..."

Bobby Ramakant, CNS Special Correspondent Despite overall progress in HIV prevention, rates of HIV infection among key affected populations such as men who have sex with men (MSM) and transgender people remain alarmingly high. For example, recent data indicates that MSM are up to 19 times more likely to have HIV than the general population – transgender women are almost …

PUBLICATIONS July 17, 2014

Gap Report 2014

How do we close the gap between the people moving forward and the people being left behind? This was the question we set out to answer in the UNAIDS Gap report. Similar to the Global report, the goal of the Gap report is to provide the best possible data, but, in addition, to give information and analysis on the people …

SHOWCASE January 27, 2014

A matter of urgency: HIV among MSM in Asia and the Pacific

The median coverage (i.e., those who knew where to get a HIV test and received condoms in the previous year) among 12 reporting countries is around 60%.

Countries around the world, and especially across the Asia Pacific region, are recording alarmingly higher HIV prevalence estimates among MSM than in previous years. Led by the Asia Pacific Coalition on Male Sexual Health (APCOM), civil society organisations in the region and UN agencies challenge stakeholders across all sectors to focus, invest, empower, and mobilise to change the course of the …

REGIONAL October 30, 2013

Spotlight: MSM Poz, Malaysia

MSM Poz is a unique programme in Malaysia, offering support to HIV positive MSM through face-to-face outreach, counseling, monthly support groups, education sessions, online counseling and a supportive, dedicated website. MSM Poz was set up in September 2009 by a group of volunteers who got together to set up a monthly support group for HIV positive MSM in Kuala Lumpur.   There …

REGIONAL June 20, 2013

Spotlight: Chengdu Tongle Health Counseling & Service Center, China

Chengdu Tongle Health Counseling & Service Center Founded in 2002, Chengdu Tongle Health Counseling & Service Center (Chengdu Tongle) is a self-governed MSM NGO in Chengdu, China. They are committed to addressing priority health concerns like HIV and AIDS, helping foster a sense of gay community and culture, as well as promoting gay rights. Consisting of 20 staff and nearly 500 …

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 …

POLICIES December 21, 2012

MSM Country Snapshot Series: Myanmar

Myanmar Gay Education and Maung Doe Yuar are examples of intelligent uses of online social networking for low-cost outreach to harder-to-reach men who have sex with men in larger cities like Yangon and Mandalay.

Myanmar’s HIV epidemic is highly concentrated among people who inject drugs, sex workers, men who have sex with men, and the sexual clients of these populations. People who inject drugs exhibited the highest HIV prevalence (21.9 percent) in the most recent serosurveillance, meanwhile MSM exhibited the second highest (7.8percent). There is growing concern of a large-scale HIVepidemic among MSM amidst …