PUBLICATIONS June 2, 2009

Health Sector Response to HIV/AIDS among MSM

In many areas of the WHO’s Western Pacific Region, the number of HIV cases among MSM has tripled in the past few years. HIV prevalence has reached 2–10% in cities in more than 10 countries, and over 10% in a few. Several promising interventions are under way in the Region, but most are limited in scale. Development and implementation of …

PUBLICATIONS May 15, 2009

UNAIDS Action Frame on Universal Access for MSM and Transgender People

Universal access to appropriate HIV programmes for men who have sex with men and transgender people is a crucial part of achieving universal access as a whole. Ahead of the International Day Against Homophobia (17 May), the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) launched a new UNAIDS Action Framework on Universal Access …

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 January 1, 2009

UNAIDS Newsletter: No Single Magic Bullet for HIV Prevention

In this issue of the UNAIDS newsletter we focus on four aspects of the HIV prevention response that have been the subject of discussion in recent months- homophobia, harm reduction for drug users, sex work and the role of condoms. UNAIDS recommends that HIV prevention programmes use combination prevention approaches that are informed by evidence and grounded in human rights. …

POLICIES November 1, 2008

Report on mapping MSM groups, organisations and networks in South Asia

According to a policy brief titled “The Value of Investing in MSM Programs in the Asia and the Pacific region”, developed by the USAID Health Policy Initiative and APCOM (March 2008), there is strong evidence establishing male-to-male sex as one of the driving forces of HIV transmission in the region. HIV prevalence among MSM and transgender populations ranges from 3 …

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 …

PREVENTION August 1, 2008

Scaling up HIV programming for MSM – the experience in AP

This paper intends to help understand what made the difference in Asia and the Pacific for increased attention to MSM and HIV. There is wide agreement in the region that two processes, one sub-regional and one region-wide, have provided a framework and context which both strengthened MSM advocacy for improving the response to HIV and allowed most national governments in …

PUBLICATIONS July 14, 2008

HIV prevalence and risk behaviour among MSM in Lao

Background: Men who have sex with men are at high risk for HIV infection. Here we report the results of the first assessment of HIV prevalence and risk behaviour in this group in Vientiane, Lao People’s Democratic Republic. Methods: Between August and September 2007, 540 men were enrolled from venues around Vientiane, using venue-day-time sampling. Men of Lao nationality, 15 …