MSM and Transgender Youth: HIV & the Psychosocial Side of Sexual Risk-taking

Blog11 October 2012 by Amy Coulterman[PDF][print]


NGO Delegate for Asia and the Pacific, Attapon Ed Ngoksin, shares his experiences and lessons learned from taking part in a consultation on HIV and young MSM and transgender women in his region.

‘Self-issues’ and their linkage with sexual risk-taking in the context of HIV is a topic not well known to public health practitioners and policy makers. To explore these issues, a 3-day consultation, organized in October 2012 in Bangkok by Youth Voices Count, brought together young men who have sex with men (MSM) activists and transgender women below the age of 30 from 14 countries in the Asia and the Pacific region..

‘Self-issues’, as these youth put it, is a term to describe a specific set of issues that positively or negatively impact self-acceptance, self-esteem and confidence. While HIV and human rights experts understand how laws and legal environments constitute barriers to provision of and access to HIV and other health services[1], self-issues, including self-stigma, are much harder to deal with: it involves the knowledge, skills, perceptions and experience of young people that ultimately influence individual choices of the type of sexual activity they decide to perform with their partners – be it protected or unprotected.

The ‘experts’ categorize young men who have sex with men and young transgenders as ‘target groups’ for programmes; a typical indicator of success in these expert interventions is the number of condoms distributed. However, their lived realities are more complex. Little is understood about their lifestyles and sexuality, particularly how the culture of ignorance and silence dominates thinking and directly impacts their psychological well-being as they grow up: that being gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender is somehow ‘un-natural’, ‘bad’, ‘wrong’ or immoral’.

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Calling All MSM: Global Men’s Health and Rights Survey 2012

Blog24 April 2012 by Amy Coulterman[PDF][print]

Press release

MSM Around the World: Stand Up, Be Counted!

The Global Forum on MSM & HIV (MSMGF) is thrilled to announce the official launch of the 2012 Global Men’s Health and Rights Survey (GMHR)!

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AIDS 2012 Pre-Conference Opportunities: LIVING2012 & MSM Pre-Conference

Blog15 February 2012 by Amy Coulterman[PDF][print]

Two separate pre-conference events will be held ahead of AIDS 2012 in Washington this July: a two-day conference focused on people living with HIV and a day-long conference on men who have sex with men. Further details for both are below.

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Top 10 in 2011: Key Global Policy Developments Concerning MSM & HIV

Blog27 January 2012 by Amy Coulterman[PDF][print]

The Global Forum on MSM & HIV (MSMGF) has released a new report highlighting the top ten policy developments of 2011. Entitled, “Top 10 in 2011: Key Global Policy Developments Concerning MSM & HIV,” the document details the successes and failures of the past year in an effort to help chart a course forward.

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Thematic Intervention: HIV, the Law, and Men who Have Sex with Men

Blog19 December 2011 by Amy Coulterman[PDF][print]

George Ayala, NGO Delegate for North America, describes how laws can negatively impact the gay and men who have sex with men communities and offers recommendations in order to enable an environment that affords full health and human rights to all people.

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MSMGF Presents Results on Relationship of MSM & Transgender with the Global Fund

Blog19 August 2011 by Amy Coulterman[PDF][print]

The Global Fund Partnership Forum recently took place in Sao Paolo, Brazil, gathering more than 300 participants from around the world to give input for the development of the Global Fund’s 2012-2016 strategy.  In preparation for the Partnership Forum, B-Change and the MSMGF conducted a small online survey to better understand MSM and transgender involvement and understanding regarding the Global Fund, including experiences and opinions of the Global Fund’s recently-introduced strategy on sexual orientation and gender identity.  Results of the survey can be found in the following presentation:

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MSMGF Announces New Collaborative Blog on MSM and HIV

Blog11 July 2011 by Amy Coulterman[PDF][print]

MSMGF Secretariat collaborates with MSMGF members around the world to bring you reports on recent developments concerning the health and human rights of MSM

Press Release

The MSMGF is very excited to announce the launch of the new MSMGF collaborative blog!  The blog features reports written by MSMGF members like you around the world, sharing information on recent developments concerning the health and human rights of MSM.  

In addition to reporting new information relevant to the work of MSMGF members, the blog will also raise awareness within our global community about who our members are and the work they do.  Each report opens with a short biography of the author, including a link to his or her profile in the MSMGF Social Network, making it easy for you to get in touch with them for more information.

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WHO Issues First Ever HIV Prevention and Treatment Guidelines for MSM and Transgender People

Blog6 July 2011 by Amy Coulterman[PDF][print]

The World Health Organization has published the first ever guidelines on the prevention and treatment of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections for men who have sex with men (MSM) and transgender people. Developed in consultation with key stakeholders and civil society around the globe, the guidelines assess the effectiveness of available interventions and emphasize the importance of a human rights approach to healthcare for these populations.

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Action Alert: UN to Vote on “Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Resolution”

Blog16 June 2011 by Amy Coulterman[PDF][print]


From ARC International

What’s up?

  • This Friday, 17 June 2011 – in just a few days – member States of the Human Rights Council will vote on a resolution on human rights violations based on sexual orientation and gender identity at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva.

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Make MSM a strategic priority at the UN High-Level Meeting on AIDS!

Blog2 March 2011 by Amy Coulterman[PDF][print]

An advocacy brief from the Global Forum on MSM & HIV (MSMGF). View this in pdf.

The Global Forum on MSM & HIV (MSMGF) calls on advocates around the world to make ‘men who have sex with men’ a strategic priority at the 2011 United Nations General Assembly High-Level Meeting on AIDS

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Top Ten Key Global Policy Developments in 2010: Reflections from the Global Forum on MSM & HIV (MSMGF)

Blog18 February 2011 by Amy Coulterman[PDF][print]

The Global Forum on MSM & HIV (MSMGF) has compiled a list of the top 10 policy-related developments of the past year that made a significant impact – positive and negative – on the global advocacy landscape and on the health and human rights of men who have sex with men (MSM).

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On the occasion of David Kato’s death, authorities worldwide should condemn the on-going stigma and discrimination against the LGBT community

Blog31 January 2011 by Amy Coulterman[PDF][print]

(see our official press release)

31 January 2011 – The UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board (PCB) NGO Delegation is saddened by the news of the murder of David Kato, a key activist in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender person (LGBT) community in Uganda. David was well known to the Delegation, our partners and constituencies and his tireless work was inspiring to us all.

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12: Reducing HIV transmission among men who have sex with men and transgender people

Decisions4 January 2011 by admin[PDF][print]

Takes note of the report on the progress made by UNAIDS since 2009 on the implementation of the “UNAIDS Action Framework: Universal Access for Men who have Sex with Men and Transgender People” and calls upon UNAIDS and all partners to intensify efforts to meet the health needs of men who have sex with men and transgender people in the context of HIV and to ensure non-discrimination, in particular to urgently address the key economic, legal, social and technical barriers, which impede effective HIV responses, and to enhance their direct participation in national, regional and global HIV policy and programming*

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Common Ground meeting report now available

Blog22 December 2010 by admin[PDF][print]

The report of the Common Ground meeting is now available. This meeting was hosted by the NGO Delegation of the UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board (PCB), to bring together activists engaged in networks or constituencies of women, gay and other men who have sex with men (MSM), sex workers (male, female and transgender), transgender people and people living with HIV from all regions of the world to establish a common ground for working together.

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Common Ground meeting report

CG-report_EN.pdf

Available in: English | 简体中文 | Français | Русский | Español | العربية | Português

The Common Ground meeting was hosted by the NGO Delegation of the UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board (PCB), to bring together activists engaged in networks or constituencies of women, gay and other men who have sex with men (MSM), sex workers (male, female and transgender), transgender people and people living with HIV from all regions of the world to establish a common ground for working together.

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Representing Civil Society on the UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board