Integrated Biological and Behavioral Surveillance (IBBS) Survey among Men who have Sex with Men (MSM) and Transgender (TG) People in Kathmandu Valley, Nepal. National Centre for AIDS and STD Control. (2012)

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This IV round of IBBS survey recruited 400 men who have sex with men (MSM) and transgender people (TG) in Kathmandu Valley (Kathmandu, Lalitpur and Bhaktapur). The respondent-driven sampling (RDS) methodology was adopted to recruit the possible survey participants. This survey was carried out primarily to determine) among MSM in the Kathmandu Valley and to assess their HIV/STI-related risk behaviors, including their sexual practices. The survey also aimed to measure their exposure to the intervention programs targeted at MSM/TG in the valley. At the same time, it has sought to analyze trends through the comparison of data on selected variables obtained from first, second, third and fourth rounds of the IBBS.

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I’m Proud of My Courage to Test: Improving HIV Testing and Counseling Among Transgender People in Pattaya, Thailand. Scott B, Escobar MC, and Pitorak H (2012)

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Since 2004, Sisters has provided health, education, and support services to the TG community in Pattaya, a two-hour drive from Bangkok in Chonburi Province. Its goal is to offer a safe and welcoming place for TG people to seek friendship and support, and to encourage the practice of preventive behaviors such as regular HIV testing and counseling (HTC) as well as screening for other sexually transmitted infections (STIs). 


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Lost in Transition: Transgender People, Rights and HIV Vulnerability in the Asia-Pacific Region. Asia Pacific Transgender Network and UNDP. (2012)

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This review examines existing literature on trans people’s human rights and HIV vulnerability across the Asia-Pacific region. For present purposes Asia-Pacific includes all those nations and territories on the continent of Asia (from the Mediterranean to the Pacific) and in Australasia and Oceania. The focus in this report is therefore mainly (though not exclusively) on lower income and middle income countries of the region. This is not to suggest that trans people in more affluent countries do not experience challenges. On the contrary, they often find themselves excluded from economic opportunities enjoyed by others and end up facing many of the same challenges of survival as do trans people in less developed economies.

 

Keywords: HIV, transgender people, trans*, gender recognition, stigma, discrimination, harassment, abuse, law enforcement, health services

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Meeting Notes - Bhutan National Stakeholders Meeting on Advocacy and HIV Prevention Among MSM and Transgender People Paro, Bhutan - 25 May. Ministry of Health, Bhutan and UNDP. (2012)

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The Honorable Justice Tshering Wangchuk of the Supreme Court of Bhutan delivered the keynote speech, focusing on existing legal protections on the rights of people in relation to HIV and AIDS. Justice Wangchuk stated that HIV transmissions have grown over the years since the first case was detected in 1993.


Justice Wangchuk remarked that access to information is critical in the prevention, treatment, care and support of HIV.

 

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Meeting Report: Youth Voices Count 2nd Consultation on Self-stigma among Young Men who have Sex with Men and Transgender People. UNDP, UNICEF, 7 Sisters, APCOM, et al. (2012)

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The primary objective of this regional consultation was to introduce the YVC network and its members and to hear the voices of community people on the self-stigma in young MSM and TG groups in order to develop key recommendations targeting policy-makers and programmers on addressing these issues. The joint consultation brought together some 40 participants from 14 different countries/territories across Asia, including Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos PDR, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand and Viet Nam met in Bangkok, Thailand.

 

 

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National Advocacy Framework on HIV, Human Rights and Sexual Diversity. UNDP. (2012)

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FPA Sri Lanka in partnership with UNDP and UNAIDS conducted the first Colombo based, two day capacity building workshop to develop an advocacy framework for MSM/TG and CSW at the FPASL Auditorium. The targeted audience was members from CSO’s/CBO’s/ NGO’s, networks who are currently engaged in HIV/AIDS programs and/or are working with marginalized groups such as PLHIVs, Drug Users, MSM/TGs and CSWs.

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Policy Brief: South East Asia Legal Environments for Men who have Sex with Men and Transgender People. APCOM. (2012)

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This Policy Brief is adapted from the UNDP and APCOM report, titled ‘Legal environments, human rights and HIV responses among men who have sex with men and transgender people in Asia and the Pacific: An agenda for action’, covering 48 countries and territories of the Asia and Pacific region.

 

The study considered legislation, cases, published research, policy reports and press reports, and drew from consultations with community representatives, legal experts and UN agencies. The following summarizes findings and recommendations relating to South East Asia with inputs from three of APCOM coalition members: Developed Asia Network (DAN), Insular Southeast Asia Network (ISEAN) and Purple Sky Network (PSN, covering the Greater Mekong Sub-region).

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Technical Support to Design, Implement and Monitor HIV Prevention Programmes among FSWs, MSM and Transgenders in Sri Lanka - A Report. Anthony J, Bhattacharjee P and Prasad RR (2012)

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Sri Lanka continues to have very low HIV prevalence. The first HIV infection in the country was reported in 1987, and since 2009, a total of 1196 HIV infections and AIDS cases have been cumulatively reported in the country. As per the Report on HIV Estimates and Projections 2009, prepared by the National STD and AIDS Control Programme, HIV prevalence among the adult population is 0.02 percent, and an estimated 3,000 people are living with HIV and AIDS. There has been a steady increase in the number of reported cases over the years, in part due to the increase in HIV testing facilities and the availability of antiretroviral treatment.


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Fundraising Toolkit: A Resource for HIV-Related Community-Based Projects Serving Gay, Bisexual, and Other Men who have Sex with Men (MSM) and Transgender Individuals in Low- and Middle-Income Countries. amfAR (2011)

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This guide was developed by amfAR’s MSM Initiative to provide fundraising assistance to community-based organizations (CBOs) that provide HIV-related programs and services for gay men, transgender individuals, and other men who sex with men (MSM) in low- and middle-income countries. In this guide, a number of key questions are answered: 


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Mapping and Size Estimation of Most At Rist Population in Nepal Vol. 1 Male Sex Workers, Transgenders & Their Clients. National Centre for AIDS and STD Control, Nepal (2011)

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Nepal conducted a mapping and size estimation exercise of Most At Risk Population (MARPs) in consideration of the epidemic’s nature, availability of limited information on the MARP groups of Female Sex Workers (FSWs), Male Sex Workers,Transgenders and their Clients (MTCs), and Injecting Drug Users (IDUs) as well as the need for a more robust and evidence informed response to HIV for maximizing results

 

 

 

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