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MSM and HIV/AIDS Risk in Asia: What Is Fueling the Epidemic Among MSM and How Can It Be Stopped?
TREAT Asia (amfAR - Foundation for AIDS Research), August 2006, 85 pp

Reproduced with amfAR's kind permission.


"As the worldwide AIDS epidemic enters its second quarter-century, HIV prevalence among men who have sex with men (MSM) is a growing concern, especially in Asia. In recent years, MSM in Asia have experienced an extraordinary rise in HIV prevalence. Various studies report infection rates as high as 14% in Phnom Penh, Cambodia; 16% in Andhra Pradesh, India; and 28% in Bangkok,Thailand. Unless dedicated resources and political will can be mustered in support of innovative and creative ways to stem rising infection rates, MSM in Asia will face a crisis more devastating than that experienced by gay men in the West during the epidemic’s earliest years. In this report,TREAT Asia attempts to present a comprehensive picture of MSM communities in Asia as well as their diverse religious, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds.The report summarizes the latest epidemiological and operational findings on HIV infection among groups whose behavior is difficult to monitor. Finally, it argues for several policy and donor-led strategies to slow this rapidly expanding epidemic."

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