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 June 1, 2010

Implications for pre- and post-exposure prophylaxis against HIV infection

Daily HIV antiretroviral pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is being evaluated in clinical trials among men who have sex with men (MSM). However, daily PrEP may not be congruent with sexual exposure profiles of MSM. Here, we investigate sex frequency and sex planning to identify and inform appropriate PrEP strategies for MSM. Methods: We evaluated sex frequency and sex planning in a …

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 …