REGIONAL October 12, 2018

New Project To Put Rainbow Over Asia’s Development Banking

BALI, Friday 12 October 2018: Helping financial institutions focused on international development in the Asia Pacific region to be more inclusive of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people is the aim of a new project which launched this week in Bali. The new initiative – called Finance Inc. – will develop a range of approaches to help community …

REGIONAL October 9, 2018

Manila Forum Counts The HIV Cost Of Criminalising Gay Sex, Drug Use & Sex Work

MANILA, Tuesday 9 October 2018: HIV advocates from across SE Asia have highlighted how reforming laws which criminalize homosexuality, drug use and sex work could unlock hundreds of millions of dollars that could help reduce the region’s escalating HIV epidemic among gay men, transgender people, sex workers and people who use drugs. The advocates gathered in Manila in the Philippines …

ADVOCACY October 8, 2018

Project CARE: Online Survey on the Mental Health and Well-Being Of LGBTQI Rights Defenders

Mental health is a human right. This is elaborated under Article 12 of the UN International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights which recognizes that the highest attainable standard of health involves both physical and mental health. However, even with this recognition that mental health is a human right and as such should be enjoyed by everyone various studies …

PUBLICATIONS October 3, 2018

Thumb-Stopping and 15 other Case Studies on HIV-related Behaviour Change Communication

Many Asian countries are recording alarmingly high numbers of HIV infection among its MSM population. This is particularly evident in large urban areas like Bangkok, Jakarta, Manila, and Saigon. HIV prevalence has been reported between 15-31% in these cities. Where data is available, the rate of HIV testing among young MSM aged 18 to 29 is less than 50%. Meanwhile, …

REGIONAL September 6, 2018

Asia Pacific LGBT Org Celebrates Decriminalisation Of Homosexuality In India

Bangkok, Thursday 6 September 2018: A historic ruling by the Supreme Court in India which is set to decriminalize homosexuality in the country has been welcomed by APCOM, a leading Asia Pacific HIV and LGBT* rights community network. Announced today, the ruling has determined that laws which prohibit homosexual intercourse are unconstitutional and has been met with jubilation by LGBT …

REGIONAL August 31, 2018

HIV & LGBT Heroes Set To Shine At 2018 Asia-Pacific Community Service Awards

BANGKOK, Monday 3 September 2018: HIV and LGBT community heroes from across Asia and the Pacific are set to be honoured at a special event in Bangkok in November, with organisers of the HERO Awards currently seeking nominations from community members across the region Standing for HIV, Equality and Rights, the HERO Awards is an annual gala event in Bangkok …

PUBLICATIONS August 23, 2018

New Reports Highlight Process Of South Asia HIV Response

At the recent AIDS 2018 conference we also launched a series of new reports that we’ve produced which summarise the progress being made in response to the impact of HIV in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. We’ve also produced a discussion paper on the landscape of HIV service delivery for MSM and transgender people in Sri …

REGIONAL August 3, 2018

New HIV Info App Features Asia Pacific Research On HIV Self-Testing

Bangkok, Monday 6 August, 2018: Information on HIV testing, including research about HIV self-testing and voluntary assisted partner notification in Asia, can now be quickly accessed through a new World Health Organisation app. Conducted by Asia Pacific HIV and rights community network APCOM, the research focuses on the values and preferences on HIV self-testing and voluntary assisted partner notification among …

REGIONAL July 26, 2018

PrEP MAP Shows The Way To Increasing Use Of HIV Prevention Drug In Asia Pacific

Amsterdam, Friday 27 July 2018: Increasing awareness of HIV combination prevention and access to HIV prevention drug PrEP for people in Asia and the Pacific is the aim of a new digital resource called PrEP MAP which was launched yesterday at the AIDS 2018 conference in Amsterdam. Produced by Asia Pacific HIV and rights community network APCOM and supported by …

NEWSROOM July 25, 2018

APCOM Launches New ‘Leaving No One Behind’ Strategy

Amsterdam, Thursday 26 July, 2018: Taking a bold, ambitious and tenacious approach to building a more effective response to the health and rights of gay men, other men who have sex with men and SOGIESC* people in Asia and the Pacific is the focus of our new 2018-2020 strategic framework. Based in Bangkok, APCOM represents and works with over 200 …