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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

PUBLICATIONS May 1, 2007

The Yogyakarta Principles

INTRODUCTION TO THE YOGYAKARTA PRINCIPLES All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. All human rights are universal, interdependent, indivisible and interrelated. Sexual orientation and gender identity are integral to every person’s dignity and humanity and must not be the basis for discrimination or abuse. Many advances have been made toward ensuring that people of all …