Monday, April 28, 2008

"Making Anal Sex Safer for MSM in the Developing World"

IRMA to present at "The Invisible Men" - a pre-conference event at the 2008 International AIDS Conference

The Global Forum on MSM and HIV has announced that registration for the AIDS 2008 pre-conference event, “The Invisible Men: Gay Men and Other MSM in the Global HIV/AIDS Epidemic”, is now open. The event will be held on August 1st and 2nd at the Sheraton Maria Isabel Hotel & Towers in Mexico City. Attendance is free of charge with around 400 people expected to participate. IRMA is pleased to be presenting the 90-minute workshop, "Making Anal Sex Safer for MSM in the Developing World" in collaboration with IRMA-ALC and others.

Here is the concept for the workshop:

"The notion that gay men and MSM are strictly a Western phenomenon is patently false. Gay men and other men who have sex with men exist throughout the developing world, despite official denial and cultural stigma and shame that results in catastrophically low levels of HIV prevention funding for these communities. Unprotected anal intercourse is an extraordinarily efficient means of HIV transmission, and more user-controlled methods of protection are needed for gay and MSM that go beyond latex, fidelity and abstinence. International Rectal Microbicide Advocates (IRMA) works to advance the research and development of safe, effective and acceptable rectal microbicidea for all the men, and women, around the world who engage in anal intercourse. IRMA members from the developing world (IRMA’s 600+ membership hails from 46 countries) will share the latest rectal microbicide research, highlight key findings in the new IRMA report, ‘Less Silence, More Science”, and discuss global advocacy efforts to engage gay and MSM."

Click for more info on the event and check out the program-in-progress.

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