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. …

REGIONAL September 30, 2009

Challenges and Recommendations in Estimating Resource Needs to Scale up HIV Prevention Services

In 2008, the Commission on AIDS in Asia published the report2 Redefining AIDS in Asia, Crafting an Effective Response in which they asserted that the HIV epidemic in Asia will be sustained in only three subpopulations: sex workers and their clients, people who inject drugs, and men who have sex with men. The report states that “in many cases, the …

PUBLICATIONS September 1, 2009

Developing a Package of Services to Reduce HIV among MSM and Transgender Populations in Asia and the Pacific

Addressing the specific concerns of HIV among men who have sex with men and transgender persons is one of the UN family’s key priority areas. This requires joint and collaborative efforts by governments, civil society, donors, development partners, and perhaps most importantly men who have sex with men and transgender persons living with HIV. In order to define a rights-based, …

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. …