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 …

PUBLICATIONS July 2, 2008

Mapping Transgender Groups, Organisations and Networks in South Asia

HIV prevalence among MSM and transgender populations ranges from 3% to 31% in Asia-Pacific countries1 (5 to 15 times higher than overall HIV prevalence). In India, for instance, the latest estimates by National AIDS Control Organisation (NACO), India, show that prevalence among MSM and transgender populations was 5.7% in 2006 as against the overall adult prevalence of 0.36%. Technical and …

SHOWCASE June 2, 2008

MSM in Asia Pacific: Critical HIV Research for Better Decision Making

Sex between men occurs in all countries and in all cultures. It is estimated that between 5-10 percent of all HIV infections worldwide have resulted from sex between men, however this figure varies considerably within countries and between regions. Despite information gaps regarding the impact of HIV on men who have sex with men (MSM), HIV prevalence among MSM wherever …

PUBLICATIONS June 1, 2008

The Value of Investing in MSM Programmes in Asia Pacific

At least 5–10 percent of all HIV cases worldwide are attributable to sexual transmission between men. In countries in the Asia-Pacific region, HIV prevalence among men who have sex with men (MSM) ranges from 3–17 percent (5 to 15 times higher than overall HIV prevalence). As many MSM also report having sex with women, preventing transmission among MSM will not …

PUBLICATIONS May 1, 2007

The Yogyakarta Principles

INTRODUCTION TO THE YOGYAKARTA PRINCIPLES All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. All human rights are universal, interdependent, indivisible and interrelated. Sexual orientation and gender identity are integral to every person’s dignity and humanity and must not be the basis for discrimination or abuse. Many advances have been made toward ensuring that people of all …

REGIONAL September 25, 2006

Male Sexual Health and HIV in Asia and the Pacific International Consultation 2006: Risk and Responsibilities

In recognition of the need for building and strengthening interventions addressing HIV-related vulnerabilities among MSM in Asia and The Pacific, a Male Sexual Health and HIV in Asia and the Pacific International Consultation was being organized in New Delhi, India from September 23 to 26, 2006, with the theme of ‘’Risks & Responsibilities.’’ This international Consultation had brought together governments, policy-makers, donors, …