Most gay men in Asia have no access to HIV prevention, care

Published: August 13, 2009

Most gay men in Asia have no access to HIV prevention, care

More than 90 per cent of men having sex with men (MSM) in Asia and the Pacific do not have access to HIV prevention and care services. And if the situation is not urgently addressed the spread of HIV will rise sharply in this vulnerable population in the near future, a conference in Bangkok heard yesterday.

Laws across the region need a dramatic and urgent overhaul to allow public health workers to reach out to gay men, or the consequences could be dire and stretch well beyond MSM to affect the general population.

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