New Guidelines to Respect, Protect, and Fulfill the Needs of Men Who Have Sex with Men (MSM) in HIV Research

Published: December 12, 2011

  New Guidelines to Respect, Protect, and Fulfill the Needs of Men Who Have Sex with Men (MSM) in HIV Research

December 2011 – amfAR’s MSM Initiative – in partnership with International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI); The John Hopkins University-Center for Public Health and Human Rights (JHU-CPHHR); and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) – is pleased to launch a new guidance document offering practical advice on how to best engage MSM (men who have sex with men) in research trials or promising HIV prevention and treatment interventions. The guidance aims to maximize the benefits to MSM, communities, and researchers, and to minimize negative consequences for those engaging in research.

Entitled “Respect, Protect, Fulfill,” the guidance includes the following information:

• Practical advice on how to best engage MSM activists and leaders in research trials, including HIV vaccines, rectal microbicides, combination prevention, and pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP).
• Tips on how to improve collaboration between researchers and community-based organizations.
• Checklists for both researchers and MSM community organizations to help them understand the nuances of working together, as well as how to work to create partnerships for increased outcomes. 
•  Five case studies to illustrate the complicated relationship among MSM, human rights, and HIV/AIDS in countries around the world; profiled research projects include successes and challenges of conducting research in South Africa, Kenya, Brazil, Malawi, and Ukraine, each of which has varying degrees of tolerance toward MSM.
• Recommendations for action based on each case study.

Access to guidance available at link below –

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