PUBLICATIONS August 1, 2010

Legal Environments, Human Rights and HIV Responses among MSM and Transgender People in Asia and the Pacific: An Agenda For Action

The Asia Pacific region is truly at a critical moment in its response to HIV. One of the biggest and most immediate challenges is confronting the rapidly rising rates of infection among men who have sex with men and transgender people. This in a region already mired in long-running challenges from legal and social barriers that inhibit effective programming and …

ADVOCACY June 1, 2010

High Level Dialogue on Punitive Laws, Human Rights and HIV Prevention among MSM in Asia and the Pacific

A significant number of men having sex with men in the Asia-Pacific region do not have access to HIV prevention and care services as HIV prevalence has reached alarming levels in many countries. If countries fail to address the legal context of the epidemic, this already critical situation is likely to become worse. The implementation of effective, human rights-based national …

RESEARCH June 1, 2010

Implications for pre- and post-exposure prophylaxis against HIV infection

Daily HIV antiretroviral pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is being evaluated in clinical trials among men who have sex with men (MSM). However, daily PrEP may not be congruent with sexual exposure profiles of MSM. Here, we investigate sex frequency and sex planning to identify and inform appropriate PrEP strategies for MSM. Methods: We evaluated sex frequency and sex planning in a …

POLICIES June 1, 2010

HIV Prevention with MSM: Balancing Evidence with Rights-based Principles of Practice

For years, there has been silence at the global level about the disproportionate impact that HIV and AIDS have on men who have sex with men (MSM). This silence has led to unabated epidemics and especially weak HIV prevention programming at national levels for MSM across the globe. Perpetuating this silence is a dearth of ethically implemented and methodologically sound …

PUBLICATIONS May 15, 2010

Priority HIV and Sexual Health Interventions in the Health Sector for MSM and Transgender in Asia-Pacific Region

The Regional Consensus Meeting on Developing a Comprehensive Package of Services to Reduce HIV among Men who have Sex with Men and Transgender Populations in Asia and the Pacific held in Bangkok from 29 June to 1 July 2009 recognized that the significant and increasing burden of HIV infections documented among men who have sex with men (MSM) and transgender …

NEWSROOM April 22, 2010

An HIV Epidemic is Ready to Emerge in the Philippines

Abstract Background: The state of the HIV epidemic in the Philippines has been described as “”low and slow””, which is in stark contrast to many other countries in the region. A review of the conditions for HIV spread in the Philippines is necessary. Methods: We evaluated the current epidemiology, trends in behaviour and public health response in the Philippines to …

ADVOCACY February 15, 2010

Reaching MSM in the Global HIV & AIDS Epidemic

Summary: Gay men and other men who have sex with men (MSM) bear a disproportionately heavy burden of the HIV pandemic. In low- and middle-income countries, MSM are 19 times more likely to be infected with HIV than the general population. Despite elevated HIV prevalence rates and heightened vulnerability to factors that drive HIV transmission, MSM have been under-recognized, under-studied, …

POLICIES December 27, 2009

Asia Regional Consultation on MSM HIV/AIDS Care and Support

The word “crisis” is so overused and yet it is difficult to use any other word or phrase to describe the state of the HIV epidemic among men who have sex with men and transgender persons. Some three decades into the global AIDS response, the epidemic’s spread among these long marginalized and neglected populations is rapidly escalating and currently represents …

ADVOCACY December 2, 2009

An OPEN strategy for a response to AIDS in the Pacific

The Pacific is a unique and vulnerable region. It spans a third of the world’s surface and accounts for just 0.14% of the world’s population—with a similar proportion of the global burden of HIV. For Pacific countries, even a small number of people living with HIV can translate into high incidence and prevalence rates that can have devastating impacts on …

PUBLICATIONS October 28, 2009

Overcoming Legal Barriers to Comprehensive Prevention among MSM and Transgender People in Asia and The Pacific

During the recent 9th International Congress on AIDS in Asia and the Pacific (9th ICAAP) held in Bali, Indonesia, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) working in close collaboration with government, non government and United Nations partners helped raise the policy profile on key issues affecting the HIV epidemics in the Asia-Pacific Region with a series of cross-cutting, high-level symposiums. …