Category Archives: Asia Pacific

  1. Series of Policy Briefs Summarize the Impact Legal Environments Have on Equality

    via Asia Pacific Coalition on Male Sexual Health On this day, to commemorate the International Day Against Homo and Trans phobia (IDAHO), the Asia Pacific Coalition on Male Sexual Health (APCOM) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Asia-Pacific Regional Centre launch a series of policy briefs to provide a summary of how legal environments can actually Read More >>

    Asia, Asia Pacific, homophobia, homosexuality, law, MSM, South Asia, transgendered
  2. IRMA in Thailand to Prep for MTN 017

    IRMA, the Microbicide Trials Network (MTN), AVAC, and local partners participated in two community consultations in Thailand last week on the upcoming Phase II rectal microbicide trial called MTN 17.    Community stakeholders in Chiang Mai and Bangkok were provided updates on the field and were asked to provide feedback to the MTN about the draft MTN 017 Read More >>

    Asia, Asia Pacific, Bangkok, Boston, IRMA, Lima, MTN, MTN 017, Pittsburgh, rectal microbicide, Thailand
  3. Laws fail to protect HIV patients, says advocate

    Via The Fiji Times, by Frederica Elbourne. PACIFIC political leaders have remained silent over the protection of the rights of people vulnerable to and affected with HIV, an organisation that champions AIDS awareness said. The Pacific Islands AIDS Foundation said laws governing those infected with the virus failed to protect their privacy. The existing legal frameworks condemned Read More >>

    anal sex, Asia Pacific, HIV, HIV/AIDS policy, MSM, PIAF, sex work, women
  4. Discrimination hurts fight against HIV in homosexual men in Asia-Pacific – UN

    Original posted by UN News May 18 More than 90 per cent of men having sex with men in the Asia-Pacific region, a group in which HIV prevalence has reached alarming levels, do not have access to prevention and care services due to an adverse legal and social environment, a United Nations-backed forum was told today. Read Read More >>

    Asia Pacific, HIV strain, HIV transmission, MSM, United Nations
  5. Asian gay men’s sex survey reports high levels of sex without condoms

    via Aidsmap, by Gus Cairns The world’s second-largest gay men’s sex survey, focusing mainly on men in East and Southeast Asia, has found that 46% of men who have sex with men who answered the online survey reported inconsistent condom use during anal intercourse with casual partners, and higher levels of unprotected sex with regular partners. The Read More >>

    Asia, Asia Pacific, gay men, HIV transmission, HIV/AIDS policy, research
  6. MSM at ICAAP 2009 – special report and content review

    Click here for A Special Report on MSM at ICAAP 9 from AIDS Projects Management Group. This content review provides detailed transcripts of speeches at main symposiums and oral presentations a well as reports on posters presented . The 9th International Congress on AIDS in Asia and the Pacific (ICAAP), was held in Bali, Indonesia from 9-13 Read More >>

    Asia, Asia Pacific, criminalization, gay men, HIV transmission, HIV/AIDS policy, homophobia, homosexuality, ICAAP, MSM, South Asia
  7. 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 Read More >>

    Asia, Asia Pacific, gay men, HIV transmission, HIV/AIDS policy, MSM, South Asia, transgendered
  8. Rao – “main challenge is overcoming the whole issue of stigma and discrimination”

    via AlertNet, by Tan Ee Lyn Leading health experts on Monday called for repeal of outdated laws criminalising prostitution and homosexuality so that people suffering from HIV/AIDS or at risk from the disease could get medical treatment. “The main challenge is overcoming the whole issue of stigma and discrimination, repealing of outdated laws and legislation that countries Read More >>

    Asia Pacific, Bali, criminalization, HIV transmission, HIV/AIDS policy, homophobia, homosexuality, South Asia
  9. HIV Prevention Challenges in Papua New Guinea

    PAPUA NEW GUINEA: Epidemic grows as funding falls Via PlusNews How do you roll out an effective HIV prevention programme in Papua New Guinea (PNG) where 800 languages are spoken, cultures and sexual mores differ wildly, and much of the country is inaccessible? Read the whole article here. IRMA pulled out some highlights from the article, of Read More >>

    anal sex, Asia Pacific, behavioral research, community, condoms, funding, HIV transmission, HIV/AIDS policy, MSM, Papua New Guinea, safer sex, sex work, sexual behavior
  10. HIV Advocacy from the Ground Up: A Toolkit for Strengthening Local Responses.

    As the culmination of phase one of APCASO’s Community Advocacy Initiative, APCASO is pleased to launch its latest publication: HIV Advocacy from the Ground Up: A Toolkit for Strengthening Local Responses. A must-click for all advocates!

    advocacy, Asia, Asia Pacific, Australia, HIV transmission, HIV/AIDS policy