Men who have sex with men (MSM) and transgender people (TG) are not involved in strategic discussions around HIV in most nations of Eastern Europe and Central Asia (EECA). Lack of reliable epidemiological data, high stigma, and policies that restrict the access of MSM and TG to information on HIV preclude the two key populations from meaningfully participating in the country dialogue processes.
01 April 2015 | EATG
Through Positive Action, ViiV Healthcare has committed to invest £2 million per year to encourage MSM and transgender community-led interventions to reduce stigma and discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity/expression and/or HIV status. The first phase of the new programme will cover a period of two years.
31 March 2015 | Viiv Healthcare press release
Not all gay men have penises, trans man Brandyn Gallagher warns, and it's about time other gay men started dealing with it. "Once upon a time, I was a young fag disguised as a girl. Throughout junior high and high school, I consistently dated boys who eventually figured out they were gay and dumped me so they could instead date men. Rejection, being told my body isn’t desirable or legitimate enough for the men toward whom I’m attracted, has been part of my internal narrative for as long as I can remember. It’s gotten better for me over time, but dating in the world of gay men is far from struggle-free—for anyone, but especially a trans man."
18 March 2015 | Beta Blog
Transgenders and Men Who Have Sex With Men (MSM) are most vulnerable when it comes to HIV/AIDS protection, according to Pink Triangle members, Manis and Along.
08 January 2015 | Malaysian Digest
What is it about lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgender and intersex people that ties broadcasters’ tongues and melts journalists’ minds in articulating stories on these neglected communities? An obvious answer to this is the four-letter word: fear. Fears grip many journalists in Africa when it comes to the issue of covering these communities.
14 October 2014 | Key Correspondents
Where available – and information is scare even from resource-rich countries – data increasingly report very high rates of HIV in transgender people, especially those who have sex with men. The lack of data is itself a key priority for trans activists, as “without data we remain invisible to services and providers”.
02 September 2014 | HIV i-Base
“Maximizing the benefits of ART for key populations” grew out of discussions between the Key Affected Populations and Treatment as Prevention Working Groups of the International AIDS Society. The two groups agreed that given the rapidly changing treatment and prevention landscape in HIV, there was a need to consider a range of issues affecting treatment access, prevention choices, and the implications of new guidelines for key populations.
24 July 2014 | International AIDS Society
Failure to provide adequate HIV services for key groups – men who have sex with men, people in prison, people who inject drugs, sex workers and transgender people – threatens global progress on the HIV response, warns WHO.
11 July 2014 | WHO press release
In this new consolidated guidelines document on HIV prevention, diagnosis, treatment and care for key populations, the World Health Organization brings together all existing guidance relevant to five key populations – men who have sex with men, people who inject drugs, people in prisons and other closed settings, sex workers and transgender people – and updates selected guidance and recommendations.
11 July 2014 | World Health Organization
Barely three months after Uganda’s draconian Anti-Homosexuality Act was signed into law it has started to bite, with civil society organisations under investigation for “promoting homosexuality”. Those under investigation are mainly organisations involved in research, advocacy and support for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people (LGBTI), including those that provide testing, counseling and treatment for HIV.
14 May 2014 | Key Correspondents