PUBLICATIONS July 16, 2016

New Guideline for Effective HIV Programming for Gay Men in Asia

APCOM has launched a new MSM framework guide for effective HIV service programming at the 21st International AIDS Conference’s MSM Pre-Conference, Action + Access: Rights and Demands of Gay and Bisexual Men in the HIV Response, hosted by MSMGF on July 16 in Durban, South Africa. ”Changing Gears: a guide to effective HIV service programming for gay men and other …

REGIONAL July 8, 2015

PrEPARING ASIA: A new direction for HIV prevention among MSM in Asia

Meeting Digest

Organized by APCOM with the support from UNAIDS and WHO, the dialogue brought in representatives of gay identified men, other men who have sex with men (MSM), sexual health policy makers, program planners and service providers and explore the potential of scaling up PrEP. Conducted in Amari Watergate, Bangkok, from 23 to 25 September 2015, the Dialogue was part of the regional rolling out …

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, …

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 …

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 …

POLICIES December 21, 2012

MSM Country Snapshot Series: Cambodia

Cambodia’s National Strategic Plan III for a Comprehensive & Multi-Sectoral Response to HIV and AIDS 2011-2015 includes a clear HIV prevention strategy targeted to men who have sex with men (MSM) and transgender people.

Sex between men continues to represent an important driver of Cambodia’s HIV epidemic. Recent HIV surveillance performed in Phnom Penh and two rural provinces indicatea disproportionately high risk faced by MSM in urbancentres. While, officially, sex between men accounts for anestimated 0.5 percent of cumulative reported infections, thetrue value is expected to be higher since sex between menmay be inadvertently …

POLICIES December 21, 2012

MSM Country Snapshot Series: Thailand

The rapid spread of HIV among MSM during 2003-2007 was gradually matched by an increase in attention from national and international stakeholders, including in Thailand’s National HIV Plan beginning in 2007.

Despite Thailand’s numerous innovations in the global AIDS response, men who have sex with men have been virtually absent in national strategic plans until 2007. Once MSM entered routine national surveillance, evidence for a rapidly growing HIV epidemic among MSM became available. HIV prevalence among MSM in Bangkok was estimated to be 17.3 percent in 2003, 28.3 percent in 2005, …

POLICIES December 21, 2012

MSM Country Snapshot Series: Malaysia

Malaysia is included in a multi-country Global Fund Round 10 (2011-2013) proposal known as ISEAN-Hivos that seeks to initiate several HIV prevention activities targeted to MSM in Malaysia.

The composition of Malaysia’s HIV epidemic is changing rapidly. Whereas it was previously understood to be more heavily concentrated among people who use drugs(PWUD), sexual transmission appears to be on the rise.Women and MSM in particular are facing an increasing share of new infections. Given the emphasis that PWUD have received in research and prevention programmes in Malaysia over the …

POLICIES December 21, 2012

MSM Country Snapshot Series: Viet Nam

In 2002, Viet Nam’s state-run media declared homosexuality a ‘social evil’ equally as harmful as drug use

Men who have sex with men in Viet Nam are at disproportionately high risk of HIV transmission. Research suggests that this is due in large part to multiple sexual partners, low condom use and low perceptions of risk. Not all MSM are at equal risk, however. HIV prevalence among MSM was found to be significantly higher in cities than in …