Most Gay Men in Asia Have No Access to HIV Prevention, Care
August 18, 2009
HIV prevention efforts targeting men who have sex with men (MSM) and transgender persons are lacking in many Asian countries, making them much more vulnerable to infection, warned speakers at the recent ninth International Congress on AIDS in Asia and the Pacific in Bali, Indonesia.
"One of the key challenges for overcoming barriers to prevent HIV is to promote the formulation of humane laws and policies that enable people to participate in addressing the disease in a cooperative manner, rather than driving those living with HIV underground," said Vitit Muntarbhorn, a law professor at Chulalongkorn University.
"For this reason, it is essential to advocate the adoption of laws which do not lead to discrimination and marginalization, and to provide space to respect sexual activities between consenting adults in the private sphere in their diversity," said Vitit.
The Nation (Bangkok)
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.