4 November 2013
An independent panel of military, ethics, medical, public health, and legal experts today charged that U.S. military and intelligence agencies directed doctors and psychologists working in U.S. military detention centers to violate standard ethical principles and medical standards to avoid infliction of harm. The Task Force on Preserving Medical Professionalism in National Security Detention Centers concludes that since September 11, 2001, the Department of Defense (DoD) and CIA improperly demanded that U.S. military and intelligence agency health professionals collaborate in intelligence gathering and security practices in a way that inflicted severe harm on detainees in U.S. custody.Report.
amfAR’s policy office works closely with amfAR’s GMT Initiative (formerly the MSM Initiative) to advocate expanded access to HIV prevention and treatment services for gay men, other men who have sex with men, and transgender individuals (collectively, GMT) worldwide, and to fight the stigma and discrimination that make GMT more vulnerable to HIV infection and inhibit equal access to care. Men who have sex with men (MSM) in developing countries are 19 times more likely to be living with HIV/AIDS than the general population and fewer than one in 20 MSM have access to lifesaving HIV/AIDS care. New publications.
NEW YORK, —Funding to prevent and treat HIV/AIDS consistently fails to reach programs designed to control the disease among gay men and other men who have sex with men (MSM), according to a new analysis released today by amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research and the Center for Public Health and Human Rights (CPHHR) at Johns Hopkins University. The report finds that resources dedicated to addressing the epidemic among MSM are grossly insufficient, and that funding intended for this population is often diverted away from MSM-related services.
Despite recent efforts by the Obama Administration to highlight the human rights of MSM and other sexual minorities, including a historic speech by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton in December, U.S. government aid intended to prevent and treat HIV infection among MSM continues to encounter obstacles throughout the world.
The new report, “Achieving an AIDS-Free Generation for Gay Men and Other MSM,” provides the most comprehensive analysis to date of HIV-related funding and programming for this population. Focusing on eight countries, the report finds that national governments have failed to adequately tackle the epidemic among MSM. The findings are especially dire in countries that criminalize MSM. In those settings, governments spend fewer resources on HIV-related health services for MSM, do less to track and understand the epidemic, and are more likely to repurpose donor funds intended to fight the epidemic among MSM. Report.
5 December 2011
ADDIS ABABA; NEW YORK: Research for new HIV treatment and prevention interventions that involve men who have sex with men (MSM) requires improved collaboration between researchers and community-based organizations, according to a new guidance document released in conjunction with the International Conference on HIV/AIDS and Other STIs in Africa (ICASA), currently being held in Addis Abba, Ethiopia.
Entitled “Respect, Protect, Fulfill,” the guidance offers practical advice on how to best engage MSM in research trials of promising HIV prevention and treatment interventions, including HIV vaccines, rectal microbicides, combination prevention, and pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP). The guidance aims to maximize the benefits to MSM, communities, and researchers, and to minimize negative consequences for those engaging in research.
“What we found in the course of conducting research was that creating formal strategies for community engagement and capacity-building–including budgets–was vital to obtaining optimal research results in MSM/HIV-related studies,” said Dr. Stefan Baral, Associate Director at Johns Hopkins University-Center for Public Health and Human Rights. “Too often, researchers discount the role of community activists in conducting their research, which can lead to negative outcomes for the community, and at times put them in harm’s way.”
The HIV epidemics in Myanmar are concentrated among key populations with higher risk, in particular female sex workers and their clients, men who have high rick sex with men, people who inject drugs, and increasingly among the mostly female sexual partners of all of these groups. Although HIV epidemics are in the declining phase, Myanmar still has one of the highest HIV prevalences and caseloads in Asia. NSP II aims to reduce HIV transmission and HIV-related mortality, morbidity, disability and social and economic impact. It's objectives are to: reduce HIV transmission and vulnerability, particularly among people at highest risk; improve the quality and length of life of people living with HIV through treatment, care and support; and mitigate the social, cultural and economic impacts of the epidemic.
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