Category Archives: Asia

  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. MSM Population in Bejing Express Interest in PrEP

    via, by Micheal Carter Few gay and other men who have sex with men (MSM) in Beijing have heard of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), investigators report in PLoS One. Despite this, over two-thirds of men said that they would be willing to take or consider PrEP. “To our knowledge this is the first study to assess awareness Read More >>

    Asia, China, Gay, HIV/AIDS. pre-exposure prophylaxis, MSM, pre-exposure prophylaxis, PrEP
  3. Researchers Investigate Acceptability for PrEP in Chinese MSM

    via PLoS ONE, by Feng Zhou Introduction In pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), antiretroviral (ARV) drugs are given to HIV-negative people to decrease their chance of becoming infected. Several studies conducted among men who have sex with men (MSM) have shown that PrEP awareness was very low, and few participants reported having the experience of PrEP use, even in Read More >>

    acceptability, Asia, China, Gay, gay men, HIV, MSM, PEP, pre-exposure prophylaxis, PrEP
  4. Safe Sex Advocates in the Red-Light Districts of Bangkok

    viaAlert Net, by Thin Lei Win It was an early Monday evening and the red light district in Thailand’s capital was already heaving — full of locals and foreigners drinking sundowner cocktails and enjoying the flesh parading before their eyes. Street vendors were selling food, clothes, souvenirs and Valentine’s Day gifts. They probably weren’t expecting a group Read More >>

    Asia, Bangkok, condoms, safer sex, Thailand, transgendered
  5. Reasons behind high risk behaviors in Chinese MSM

    via BMC Public Health, by Guanzhi Chen, Yang Li, Beichuan Zhang, Zengzhao Yu, Xiufang Li, Lixin Wang, Ziming Yu Background Men who have sex with men (MSM) have become a high-risk group of HIV infection in China. To date, little is known regarding the behavioral, social and psychological characteristics in Chinese MSM, which makes the implementation of Read More >>

    Asia, childhood sexual abuse, China, condoms, Gay, gay men, MSM, risk, safer sex
  6. 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
  7. Phylodynamics of HIV-1 Subtype B among the MSM Population in Hong Kong

    via, by Jonathan Hon-Kwan Chen, Ka-Hing Wong, Kenny Chi-Wai Chan, Sabrina Wai-Chi To, Zhiwei Chen, and Wing-Cheong Yam Abstract The men-having-sex-with-men (MSM) population has become one of the major risk groups for HIV-1 infection in the Asia Pacific countries. Hong Kong is located in the centre of Asia and the transmission history of HIV-1 subtype B Read More >>

    Asia, China, HIV strain, HIV transmission, MSM
  8. Targeting the Invisible World Of Men Who Have Sex With Men

    via Outwords, by Peter Carlyle-Gordge Ask any outreach worker in the fight against HIV transmission and you’ll find one of the hardest at-risk groups to reach is MSM, or men who have sex with men. Men in this group don’t necessarily identify as gay. Some may be married to women and have families. Some may simply avoid Read More >>

    Africa, Asia, gay men, Middle East, MSM, United States
  9. HIV and MSM: Asia Takes Action

    via 7th Space InteractiveAbout 140 overseas and local experts working in the AIDS sector are meeting in Hong Kong over three days (December 7 to 9) to discuss the prevention of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) infections among men who have sex with men (MSM), and also how to enhance efforts towards the treatment, care and support in Read More >>

    Asia, Global Forum on MSM, Global Forum on MSM and HIV
  10. Rise in Husband-to-Wife HIV Infections Expected

    From Myanmar Times, by Khin Myat Experts from non-government organisations working in the HIV prevention field say the proportion of new HIV infections attributed to husband-to-wife transmission is likely to increase over the next five years. Dr Khin Zar Li Aye, a monitoring and evaluation officer at the United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), said that by Read More >>

    Asia, HIV transmission, UNAIDS