Focusing on the Legal, Social and Policy Barriers to HIV Services for Key Populations

Published: July 18, 2016

Durban, South Africa – In an official press conference today at the 21st International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2016) in Durban, researchers and community representatives discussed the impact of discriminatory laws and policies in many parts of the world that hinder access to HIV prevention, treatment, and care for the populations most at risk of HIV infection – men who have …

Moving on from a High-Level Failure

Published: June 20, 2016

Advocacy Entry Points and Follow-Up to the United Nations High-Level Meeting to End AIDS Political Declaration As MSMGF reported last week with NSWP, IRGT, GATE, and the Global Platform to Fast-Track the HIV and Human Rights Responses Among Gay and Bisexual Men and Other Men Who Have Sex with Men (The Platform), United Nations member states adopted a very weak …

MSMGF on the Rentboy Raids–No Justice in Criminalizing Sex Work

Published: November 11, 2015

MSMGF Troubled by Backsliding Human Rights and Receding Civil Liberties August 26, 2015 – The Global Forum on MSM & HIV (MSMGF) joins human rights advocates in opposing raids against Rentboy.com by federal and state law enforcement officials in the United States of America (U.S.A.), which arrested seven people associated with the website. Arrests come only two days after Amnesty …

MSMGF Responds: UNAIDS Draft Strategy for 2016-2021 Can Be Bolder

Published: November 11, 2015

(Monday, September 7th, 2015)–Last week, MSMGF submitted comments to UNAIDS Draft Strategy for 2016-2021. Although we stand by UNAIDS’ call to fast-track the HIV response, we were disappointed with the draft’s timidity concerning men who have sex with men and other key populations. MSMGF encourages UNAIDS to be bolder in its call for unfettered HIV treatment on demand immediately after …

LGBT Orgs Blast Rentboy Raid

Published: October 3, 2015

After the federal government raided and shutdown the popular worldwide male escort website Rentboy.com several LGBT and human rights organizations have blasted the authorities. Coincidentally, just days before the raid a joint statement was released by the Transgender Law Center, Gay and Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD), Lambda Legal, National Center for Lesbian Rights, and the National Center for Transgender …

The story of our lives

Published: March 21, 2015

Swazi OBSERVER Vusi Maziya Original Article:  bit.ly/19LQn1u Since the first case of HIV was reported in the country in 1986, the virus has spread at an alarming rate, even though trends appear like we have stabilised. Swaziland has the highest HIV prevalence in the world at 26 percent. HIV and AIDS have had a devastating impact on the country; particularly …

UNAIDS: About 35,000 Pinoys may be infected with HIV

Published: March 19, 2015

INTERAKSYON Jet Villa Original Article:  bit.ly/1I1erJ1 MANILA – The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) indicated on Thursday that, statistically, as many as 12,500 Filipinos believed infected with the disease are not yet included in the records of the Department of Health (DOH). UNAIDS Country Director Teresita Bagasao disclosed in a press conference that the DOH has, so far, …

Transactional Sex Among MSM in Latin America: Economic, Sociodemographic, and Psychosocial Factors.

Published: March 19, 2015

PubMed Oldenburg CE1, Perez-Brumer AG, Biello KB, Landers SJ, Rosenberger JG, Novak DS, Mayer KH, Mimiaga MJ. Original Article:  1.usa.gov/1EyajMT Abstract We assessed factors associated with engagement in transactional sex among men who have sex with men recruited from one of the largest Internet sites for men seeking social or sexual interactions with other men in Latin America. METHODS: We …

PANCAP and the Dominican Republic Commit to Strengthening the Partnership

Published: March 11, 2015

SKNVibes Original Article:  bit.ly/1HEitXy Dereck Springer, Director of the Pan Caribbean Partnership Against HIV and AIDS (PANCAP), explained that the mission this week is to foster closer collaboration between the PANCAP and the Dominican Republic at the policy and programmatic levels. Mr Springer lauded Dominican Republic’s multi-stakeholder engagement in the response, and he reminded the media that Dominican Republic has …

US promotes HIV prevention in VN through culture and consultations

Published: March 10, 2015

VIETNAMNET Original Article:  bit.ly/19a5wt4 The Embassy group of representatives from the U.S. Agency for International Development and PEPFAR will consult with the Department of Health and the Provincial AIDS Center of Dien Bien as well as local civil society organizations to inform planning for HIV programming. They will also visit existing HIV care and treatment sites in Dien Bien. During …

'Save us from the saviors,' say LGBT Indians, sex workers (video)

Published: March 9, 2015

ERASING 76 CRIMES Colin Stewart Original Article:  bit.ly/1Aefb8v American religious evangelicals aren’t the only ones who need to learn to respect LGBT people and sex workers.  Progressive activists do too, says Meena Seshu, the founder and secretary-general of the Indian health and human rights advocacy group Sangram. “I was trained as a social worker,” Seshu said. “And you know social …

Transgender sex workers most vulnerable in China, new report says

Published: March 8, 2015

fridae Original Article:  bit.ly/1CX7UzR Transgender sex workers are among the most marginalized and vulnerable populations in China, according to a recent report by an NGO that focuses on health and human rights in China and Southeast Asia. Deep-rooted social stigma and discrimination leave many transgender women who were born male ostracised from friends, families and in their native neighbourhood. This …