REGIONAL May 17, 2012

APCASO and APCOM celebrate IDAHO 2012

To celebrate the International Day Against Homo and Trans phobia (IDAHO), the Asia Pacific Coalition on Male Sexual Health (APCOM) in collaboration with Asia Pacific Council of AIDS Service Organizations (APCASO) launch a briefing paper on MSM and transgender-related points for advocacy from the 2011 United Nations Political Declaration on HIV and AIDS, adopted by the UN General Assembly at …

PUBLICATIONS May 17, 2012

Lost in Transition: Transgender People, Rights and HIV Vulnerability in the Asia-Pacific Region

Developed by United Nations Development Programme and Asia-Pacific Transgender Network, the ‘Lost in Transition: Transgender People, Rights and HIV Vulnerability in the Asia-Pacific Region’ report aims to provide a research and strategic information framework. It will guide governments, civil society, donors and key stakeholders to design and produce relevant research as part of collective effort to reduce the extreme vulnerability …

PREVENTION May 17, 2012

HIV prevention for MSM: peer reviewed articles from FHI360 with USAID funding

From FHI360 with USAID funding Does your communication work address HIV prevention for men who have sex with men (MSM)? Would you and your program like to  benefit from some of the latest research on internet-based communication that aims to decrease the HIV risk of members of this group? C-Channel 41 is for you! The May issue of C-Change’s e-newsletter …

RESEARCH April 16, 2012

Giving Preventive Drug to Men at High Risk for HIV Would Be Cost-Effective

A once-a-day pill to help prevent HIV infection could significantly reduce the spread of AIDS, but only makes economic sense if used in select, high-risk groups, Stanford University researchers conclude in a new study. The researchers looked at the cost-effectiveness of the combination drug tenofovir-emtricitabine, which was found in a landmark 2010 trial to reduce an individual’s risk of HIV …

RESEARCH April 2, 2012

Many men with undetectable HIV in blood still have low levels in their semen

One study examined 101 gay men in US city of Boston Although seminal viral load in these men was low (media 200 copies/ml), the researchers suggest that this is still enough to be one of the explanations for ongoing transmission in gay men despite a high proportion being on antiretroviral therapy. There was a very strong association with detectable HIV …

REGIONAL February 18, 2012

Report warns families to accept gay children or lose them to the street

“My father told me ‘If you can manage, just go. Once you’re gone, never ever come back!’”

Years ago, Yen’s father kicked her out of the house. The transgender, who refused to give her real name, said she has struggled to survive on the street ever since. “My father told me ‘If you can manage, just go. Once you’re gone, never ever come back!’” she told a team of researchers at the Institute for Studies of Society, …

REGIONAL February 10, 2012

Asia-Pacific nations wrap up UN forum with plan to advance progress on AIDS targets

“This is Asia-Pacific at its best – showing leadership, fore-thinking and spirit of collaboration, underlining the powerful force of this region.”

UNESCAP report warns progress against HIV in region is threatened by an inadequate focus on key affected populations and threats of decreases in domestic and international spending Asia-Pacific nations at a United Nations meeting in Bangkok have agreed to boost cooperation and to develop regional accountability mechanisms and financing modalities to accelerate progress towards global HIV/AIDS commitments. The agreed action …

PUBLICATIONS February 9, 2012

ISEAN-Hivos Program Newsletter

In 2010, to address the increased vulnerability of MSMs as well as Transgenders to HIV transmission especially in the context of South East Asia,  the Insular Southeast Asian Network on MSM, TG, and HIV or ISEAN and the Humanist Institute for Cooperation with Developing Countries or Hivos, jointly submitted a regional proposal to the Global Fund Round 10. The Program …

REGIONAL January 2, 2012

HIV cases rose 89% in November—DOH

“Most of the cases were males. The median age was. The 20-29 age group had the most number of cases. And 124, or also 58 percent, of the cases were in the National Capital Region.”

85% of new infections now among MSM in the Philippines The number of new HIV cases in the country jumped by nearly 90 percent in November compared to the same period in 2010, a Department of Health (DOH) report said. The Philippine HIV and AIDS Registry report released last week said there were 212 new HIV cases reported in November …

PUBLICATIONS April 24, 2011

MSM and Transgender Populations Multi-City Initiative

In response to the alarming growth in HIV prevalence among men who have sex with men (MSM) and transgender persons (TG) in Asia, a broad coalition of United Nations partners, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and its cooperating agencies, national AIDS programs, city governments and MSM and transgender community-based organizations joined together in a unique partnership called …