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Burma: HIV on the Rise Among Men Who Have Sex With Men

June 9, 2010

Stigma against men who have sex with men (MSM) has complicated efforts to limit the spread of HIV in Burma (Myanmar). According to official data, HIV prevalence among MSM in Burma was 29.3 percent as of 2008, or 42 times higher than the national adult prevalence rate. The Department of Health and the World Health Organization estimate the MSM population in Burma at 280,000 as of 2007.

According to Ko Aye, who conducted a pioneering study in Burma in 2003, stigma against MSM stems from "religious principle or traditional beliefs." However, Aye has observed an improvement in public attitudes because of the "development of information technology."

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