The Invisible Worldwide HIV Epidemic: MSM
September 12, 2008
In many regions of the world, national and locally sponsored HIV prevention initiatives have left men who have sex with men (MSM) out of the picture, advocates said at a Mexico City meeting on HIV/AIDS and MSM before the recent International AIDS Conference.
In Latin America, MSM represent 50-90 percent of local HIV infections. "It is massively higher than in sex workers," Wilson said. "I don't think that is sufficiently understood." And in Africa, even the scant data available show that MSM are about four times more likely than heterosexuals to be HIV-infected, he noted.
"What we are seeing today in Asia, in every single major city that we have looked at, are epidemics of [MSM] that remind me of what we saw in the US, and Western Europe, and Australia in the 1980s," Peter Piot, executive director of UNAIDS, told the conference. "Homophobia in all its forms" is "one of the top five obstacles to really stopping this epidemic."
The inclusion of programs for women is a default funding guideline for countries applying for grants from the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria, said David Winters, a manager with the fund. Another assumption should be that MSM everywhere are disproportionately impacted by HIV, he said. "Make that the given and ask countries to prove otherwise" when competing for the funds, he suggested.
Windy City Times
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This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.