Friday, August 14, 2009

Most gay men in Asia have no access to HIV prevention, care

More than 90 per cent of men having sex with men (MSM) in Asia and the Pacific do not have access to HIV prevention and care services. And if the situation is not urgently.

Laws across the region need a dramatic and urgent overhaul to allow public health workers to reach out to gay men, or the consequences could be dire and stretch well beyond MSM to affect the general population.

This warning came at a symposium - "Overcoming Legal Barriers to Comprehensive Prevention Among Men who have Sex with Men and Transgender People in Asia and the Pacific" - held at the 9th International Congress on Aids in Asia and the Pacific (ICAAP). The event was hosted by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the Asia Pacific Coalition on Male Sexual Health (Apcom).

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