Elevated Risk for HIV Infection among Men Who Have Sex with Men in Low- and Middle-Income Countries 2000-2006: A Systematic Review

Published: December 1, 2007

Background Recent reports of high HIV infection rates among men who have sex with men (MSM) from Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the former Soviet Union (FSU) suggest high levels of HIV transmission among MSM in low- and middle-income countries. To investigate the global epidemic of HIV among MSM and the relationship of MSM outbreaks to general populations, we conducted …

Sex work in the Caribbean Basin: Patterns of substance use and HIV risk among migrant sex workers in the US Virgin Islands

Published: November 10, 2007

Sex work in the Caribbean Basin: Patterns of substance use and HIV risk among migrant sex workers in the US Virgin Islands Abstract Drug use, commercial sex work, and migration each play a role in the spread of HIV in the Caribbean, yet the intersection of these factors in the region is not well understood. This paper explores the connections …

The impact of HIV in Central America: The United Nations Report

Published: November 8, 2007

The impact of HIV in Central America: The United Nations Report Managua, 8 November 2007––United Nations agencies and programs are committed to taking all the necessary measures to intensify Central America’s response to the HIV epidemic. This announcement was made by the Regional Directors for Latin America and the Caribbean of UNAIDS and UNICEF, participating in the 5th Central American …

PAKISTAN: Male sex workers play Russian roulette with HIV

Published: November 2, 2007

PAKISTAN: Male sex workers play Russian roulette with HIV RAWALPINDI, 2 November 2007 (PlusNews) – Shujaat* plies his trade well. As dusk falls on the Pir Wadhai bus station in the Pakistani city of Rawalpindi, the slender 19-year-old gauges disembarking passengers for that ‘look’ – a responsive glance or wink suggesting a desire for more than just a quick bus …

Scaling Up the Continuum of Care: A New Toolkit for Implementers Working in the Asia-Pacific Region

Published: November 1, 2007

Scaling Up the Continuum of Care: A New Toolkit for Implementers Working in the Asia-Pacific Region NOVEMBER 2007 — In some areas of the Asia-Pacific Region, HIV incidence continues to rise at an alarming rate—particularly among those who engage in high-risk behaviors. But most people who are living with HIV cannot access available care, treatment, and support services. In addition, …

Home Office loses gay Algerian deportation case

Published: October 24, 2007

Home Office loses gay Algerian deportation case The High Court in London has overturned an order that a gay man from Algeria seeking asylum in the UK should be repatriated. The Home Office had argued the 27-year-old man, referred to as B, would be safe from persecution as long as he was "discreet" about his homosexuality. -Full article available at …

Venezuela: Support the Inclusion of Sexual Orientation as a Grounds For Non-Discrimination…

Published: October 16, 2007

Venezuela: Support the Inclusion of Sexual Orientation as a Grounds For Non-Discrimination in the Revised National Constitution SUMMARY On Wednesday October 10, a special commission of the Venezuelan National Assembly incorporated sexual orientation non-discrimination into Article 21 of its proposed constitutional reform. Modification of Article 77, about marriage and civil unions, is still being discussed. -Full text of article can …

Gay and Bisexual Men in Kampala, Uganda

Published: October 11, 2007

Gay and Bisexual Men in Kampala, Uganda Abstract – HIV/AIDS disproportionately affects gay and bisexual men around the world; however, little is known about this population in sub-Saharan Africa. We conducted a respondent-driven sampling survey of gay and bisexual men in Kampala, Uganda (N = 224). Overall, 61% reported themselves as “gay” and 39% as “bisexual”. Gay and bisexual men …

Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in Human Rights Law: References to Jurisprudence and Doctrine of the United Nations Human Rights System

Published: October 1, 2007

This document is a compilation of European jurisprudence, legislation and doctrine referring to sexual orientation and gender identity. It addresses references from both the Council of Europe and the European Union systems.   The objective of this document is to compile relevant and authoritative references in order to frame informed debate on the human rights concerns of sexual orientation and …

New Book: Caribbean Pleasure Industry: Tourism, Sexuality, and AIDS in the Dominican Republic

Published: September 15, 2007

In recent years, the economy of the Caribbean has become almost completely dependent on international tourism. And today one of the chief ways that foreign visitors there seek pleasure is through prostitution. While much has been written on the female sex workers who service these tourists, Caribbean Pleasure Industry shifts the focus onto the men. Drawing on his groundbreaking ethnographic …

Letter from Samoa: Impersonating woman still illegal

Published: September 7, 2007

Letter from Samoa: Impersonating woman still illegal Despite fa’afafines being very much part of the Samoan culture, the impersonation of a woman is still illegal under the Crimes Ordinance 1961 of Samoa. Fa’afafines, otherwise known as transvestites, cross dressers or homosexuals are deeply ingrained in the Fa’aSamoa according myths and legends. -Full article available at link below-

HIV prevention and men who have sex with women and men in Mexico: Findings from a qualitative study with HIV-positive men

Published: September 1, 2007

HIV prevention and men who have sex with women and men in Mexico: Findings from a qualitative study with HIV-positive men Abstract Unprotected sex between men is the major risk factor for HIV infection in Mexico and many other Latin American countries. There is a substantial body of literature demonstrating that the relationship between sexual identity and sexual practice is …