More than a virus: HIV prevention and men who have sex with men living with HIV

Chamberlain, E.
APCOM Policy Brief
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HIV prevention for Men who have Sex with Men (MSM) has largely focused on ensuring HIV negative MSM (MSM-) remain negative. MSM living with HIV (MSM+) have been cast into the role of ‘vectors of transmission’, and prevention programmes have mostly ignored the wide spectrum of prevention needs that MSM+ have that go beyond disclosing their HIV status to their (assumed) MSM-sexual partners.

This policy brief examines current best practice and guidance for MSM programming in Asia and the Pacific. It determines whether they meet the needs of MSM+ HIV prevention and, if not, how they could be enhanced to do so. The policy brief also makes a number of policy recommendations for the international community, Governments, NGOs and donors focusing on the following areas:

  • encouraging all MSM to test for HIV, know their status and take appropriate action
  • ensuring that MSM+ who know their status seek appropriate support to discuss the impact that living with HIV may have on their sex lives
  • ensuring that MSM- who know their status seek support to help them understand their role in protecting themselves and others
  • MSM prevention programmes and staff should not ‘demonise’ MSM+ in prevention strategies that focus on the responsibility of MSM+ to disclose their status to all sexual partners.

The policy brief was written and produced by the Asia-Pacific Coalition on Male Sexual Health and IDS Knowledge Services.

APCOM and IDS Knowledge Services policy brief on HIV prevention and men who have sex with men living with HIV
Published Date
01-Jul-12
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