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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 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.
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.
Bangladesh has been providing HIV prevention services for males having sex with males (MSM), male sex worker (MSW) and hijra for more than a decade. In parallel to providing HIV prevention services, Bangladesh has been collecting risk behaviour and HIV prevalence data on these population groups through a national surveillance system which was set up by the Government of Bangladesh in 1998. The surveillance system has been crucial in providing key information that has helped Bangladesh to monitor changes in risk behaviours and infection prevalence over time, the data has been the backbone against which the national HIV strategic plans have been developed and global reports have been prepared. These data also enable measuring the effect of the on-going large scale HIV prevention programs for MSM, MSW and hijra.
This is the fifth round of the IBBS survey conducted among Men who have sex with men (MSM) and transgender (TG) population in the Kathmandu Valley of Nepal. Previously, the survey was carried out in 2004, 2007, 2009 and 2012 in the same location among the same population. In line with the objectives of the previous rounds of the IBBS, this survey was also undertaken primarily with objectives to: a) determine the prevalence and trend of HIV Syphilis, Chlamydia Trachomati (CT) and Neisseria Gonorrhea (NG) and associated risk behaviors among MSM/ Transgender (TG), b) Collect information related to socio-demographic characteristics and c) Explore the association between the risk behaviors and HIV and other specific STIs among the MSM and TG population. Fieldwork for data collection was conducted in August, 2015.
In this research, the Coordination of Action Research on AIDS and Mobility in Asia (CARAM Asia) has focused on a group of migrant workers who are especially vulnerable to HIV: males who have sex with males, otherwise known as “MSM.” MSM migrant workers suffer multiple layers of stigma and discrimination, which, in combination with the risky sexual behaviors they engage in heightens their risk of HIV infection.
This study assesses the barriers faced by men who have sex with men (MSM) and transgender people in Bhutan in accessing health services. It seeks to identify the level of stigma and discrimination against these marginalized groups as well as assesses the strengths, limitations and needs of the health services dealing with their sexual health. The study puts forth a set of concrete recommendations aimed at addressing the issues that have been identified.
Keywords: HIV, PLHIV, homophobia, gender, stigma, discrimination, gender
The Sydney Gay Community Periodic Survey is a cross-sectional survey of gay and homosexually active men recruited at a range of gay community sites in Sydney. Since 1996, the project has been funded by the NSW Ministry of Health and supported by ACON and Positive Life NSW. The major aim of the survey is to provide data on sexual, drug use and testing practices related to the transmission of HIV and other sexually transmissible infections (STIs) among gay men in Sydney. The data presented in this report are from the period 2011 to 2015.