NEWSROOM January 4, 2018

TestBKK’s Outreach and the Launch of TestXXX Microsite at White Party Bangkok 2018

The world’s premier gay dance music festival, White Party, returned to Bangkok for the third time to bid 2017 farewell and to celebrate the New Year 2018. White Party Bangkok was launched in Bangkok, Thailand, in 2015, and it is the first certified Palm Spring-originated Jeffrey Sanker’s White Party outside North America and the only official one in Asia. White …

NEWSROOM February 27, 2017

APCOM Releasing a New Report Showcasing Country-level Progresses on the Introduction of PrEP to Gay Men in Asia

In September 2015, APCOM, together with multiple UN and other development agencies, co-organized “PrEParing Asia” – the region’s first community-led consultation to discuss with policymakers, healthcare providers and community advocates the strategies of introducing Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) as a new tool for HIV prevention for gay men and other men who have sex with men (MSM) within the Asia and …

PREVENTION September 22, 2016

COPE4YMSM: Thai YMSM Prevention Effectiveness Evaluation

APCOM is proud to be among the collaboration partners of COPE4YMSM – evaluation study on the effectiveness of HIV prevention among Thai young men who have sex with men (YMSM). Led by Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and funded by National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, the study seeks to develop and conduct a non-randomized effectiveness and cost-effectiveness …

RESEARCH June 6, 2016

PrEParing Health Workers for Better Health among Gay Men

APCOM with the support of UNAIDS, WHO, UNICEF, the USAID LINKAGES Project managed by FHI 360, UNDP and the Multi-Country South Asia Global Fund HIV Programme, the Thai Red Cross Society, Isean HIVOS Program, and Malaysian AIDS Council has organised in the fall of 2015 the regional consultation “PrEPARING ASIA: A new direction for HIV prevention among MSM in Asia” …

ADVOCACY April 28, 2016

MSM communities call for national PrEP strategies to prevent new HIV infections

27 April 2016 (Bangkok) – Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), the daily medication that prevents HIV infections, is efficacious and has real potential to help global and local efforts to reach prevention targets in Asia, according to the meeting report of “PrEPARING ASIA”, the region’s first and biggest, as well as the world’s first community-led, consultation on the rolling out of the …

NEWSROOM February 10, 2016

TestBKK Released its First PrEP Campaign: Without Fear

TestBKK, APCOM’s city-based HIV testing campaign targeting young gay men in Bangkok, has just launched a PrEP campaign: Without Fear. APCOM led a regional consultation on PrEP roll out in late 2015 and TestBKK’s Without Fear campaign is another testament on how committed APCOM in introducing the new HIV prevention method. Thailand has been the first and only country in Asia …

REGIONAL December 23, 2015

PrEParing South Asia

The progress of South Asian PrEP advocates in generating PrEP demand in their region

In September 2014, APCOM conducted the region’s pioneer dialogue exploring the roll out of PrEP in Asia and the Pacific called PrEParing Asia. PrEP stands for pre-exposure prophylaxis. PrEP is an HIV prevention approach where HIV-negative individuals use HIV medication to significantly reduce their risk of becoming infected if they are exposed to the virus. A common brand of medication used …

LEARNING November 1, 2015

PrEParing Pakistan, One Young MSM at a Time

A reflection piece of young PrEP advocate who attended PrEParing Asia

Sarmad Ali, a Youth Voices Count member from Pakistan, considers himself a PrEP advocate. With the grant from UNDP’s Multi-Country South Asia Global Fund HIV Programme (based at the UNDP Bangkok Regional Hub), Sarmad attended PrEPARING ASIA, along with other PrEP advocates from South Asia. Read below as he reflects his participation in Asia’s first and biggest regional consultation on the roll out of PrEP.  …

LEARNING September 30, 2015

Evaluating the Attitudes of Men who Have Sex with Men in Asia towards PrEP Use

In Asia, the HIV epidemic among men who have sex with men (MSM) has intensified, with high infection rates, particularly in urban centers. Within this context, Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) has emerged as an additional tool with the potential to help local and global efforts reach prevention targets. HIV service providers are ready and eager to provide PrEP to those at …

LEARNING September 30, 2015

Evaluating the Attitudes of Healthcare Providers in Asia towards PrEP Prescription

Within the context of high HIV transmission rates among MSM in Asia, Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) has emerged as an effective preventative tool to be incorporated within national prevention strategies. While the drug offers new opportunities, there is still a lack of knowledge and support available to the healthcare providers and counsellors who may prescribe and/or encourage the use of PrEP …