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The Linkages across the Continuum of HIV Services for Key Populations Affected by HIV (LINKAGES) project conducts a range of HIV prevention activities to reduce HIV transmission among key populations (sex workers, men who have sex with men, transgender persons and people who inject drugs) and to improve their enrollment and retention in care. These success stories highlight the progress LINKAGES is making.
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Information and communication technology (ICT) represents an important new resource for enhancing the reach and effectiveness of HIV programming. Gay men and other men who have sex with men already use ICT to facilitate many kinds of interactions, and a host of private for-profit platforms exist to help men negotiate offline social and sexual encounters.
Keywords: HIV, response, MSM, ICT, gay men, community
With approximately 31,000 MSM in Cambodia, a population considered at high risk for contracting HIV due to engagement in risky sexual behaviors, efforts to prevent, manage, and treat HIV in this population are essential for achieving the 3.0 initiative aimed at eliminating new HIV infections in the country by 2025. Accurate strategic information, such as population size estimation, measures of risk behaviors, and HIV prevalence among MSM, is imperative to better understanding the impact of this population on the nationwide HIV prevalence, designing effective interventions, and informing further studies.
Keywords: HIV, risk behaviors, prevalence, health services, education
Since 2013, APCOM has established partnerships with fifteen (15) MSM and transgender networks and organisations at a regional, sub-regional and country level in Asia and the Pacific. These networks and organisations have completed the rapid assessment apparatus and were provided technical support. A peer-to-peer mentoring process was also applied in providing assistance to build relationship and trust. APCOM has also provided opportunities to the organisations at a country level to formally present the Rap App results to technical stakeholders and mobilise for resources. Click the following links to read the reports from each assessed network or organisation.
This new guide from the USAID- and PEPFAR-funded Health Policy Project is a flexible tool for assessing the readiness and ability of country stakeholders (including government, development partners, and civil society) to sustain HIV epidemic control among key populations when donors transition to different levels and types of funding.
The JumpStart Rap App was used to assess the organisational capacity of five MSM and transgender networks and organisations in Southeast Asia. The findings indicate capacity gaps in all 11 organisational and programmatic components of the Rap App, although the five organisations vary widely in their reach, capacity and technical support needs.
This report provides an overview and analysis of the findings of rapid assessments of MSM and transgender networks indicating capacity strengths and gaps in organisational and programmatic components. The rapid assessment is part of JumpStart, a MSM and transgender networks capacity strengthening initiative under the partnership of APCOM and AFAO.
The resource guide has been developed primarily for MSM community-led organisations and civil society organisations supporting MSM community action in Africa. However, we believe that it can be useful for anyone who is planning to work with MSM, or who is already engaging or working with MSM, or who simply wants to learn more about MSM and their needs and rights.
The Scoping Report aims to assess the level of engagement of the MSM and transgender community with the country dialogues in Indonesia. In addition, the report also aims to determine the level of engagements between the community and the Global Fund Indonesian CCM. This activity has been supported by the Robert Carr Civil Society Networks Fund through the Consortium of MSM and Transgender Networks hosted by MSMGF.
Keywords: MSM, transgender people, young people, communities and civil society
“The Time Has Come” – Annex: Reaching out to female partners of men who have sex with men is a training module for health care providers to address intimate partner transmission of HIV between men who have sex with men (MSM) and their female partners in Asia and the Pacific. It looks at the types of approaches and strategies that could be used in different health care settings to reach MSM as well as their female partners with information, services and referrals.