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AIDS 2010

The Global Epidemics of HIV Among MSM in 2010: Epidemiology, Responses, and Human Rights
Saturday, 17 July 2010
Presented by: Chris Beyrer
Opening plenary session of the MSMGF Pre-Conference event, Be Heard
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Why aren't we making more progress in the AIDS response? Overcoming obstacles to a human right response to HIV
Tuesday 20 July 2010,
Panel Discussion with Chris Beyrer
Brief description: Panelists will discuss how they tackled a particular obstacle and provide suggestions about how obstacles can be overcome. They will engage the audience in a participatory discussion of what is needed to move a rights-based response forward.

The impact of criminalization of same sex practices on HIV risk among men who have sex with men (MSM) in Senegal: results of a qualitative rapid assessment
Tuesday, 20 July 2010

Tonia Poteat, Daouda Diouf, Stefan Baral, Marieme Ndaw, Fatou Drame, Cheikh Traore, Andrea Wirtz, Chris Beyrer
Format: poster presentation
Brief description: The poster presents results of a qualitative study of the impact of enforcing laws criminalizing same sex practices on HIV prevention work among MSM in Senegal.

Access to care for HIV-positive drug users in a slum community of Bangkok, Thailand
Wednesday, 21 July 2010
Usanee Janngeon, Voravit Suwanvanichkij, Manik Chhabra, Vu Minh Quan, Mongkol Phowee, David Celentano, Chris Beyrer
Format: Poster
Brief description:  HIV positive residents of Bangkok's Klong Toey Slum community who have a history of drug use are less likely to be able to access HIV treatment, are eligible for fewer public HIV treatment programs, and have poorer clinical outcomes compared to their community counterparts who have never used drugs.  Significant barriers exist which preclude such populations disproportionately affected by HIV to accessing appropriate treatment programs.

Men who have sex with men (MSM), Physicians, and Non-government Organizations (NGOs): Finding agreement on the HIV risk environment and service provision for MSM in Russia 
Tuesday, 20 July 2010
Alena Peryshkina, Darya Kizub, Irina Deobald, Niconle Masenior, Andrea Wirtz, Vladimir Moguilnyi, Ilona Kostetskaya, Frank Sifakis, Chris Beyrer
Qualitative research conducted in Moscow, Sochi, and Kazan Russia demonstrates inconsistency in access to care and prevention services for MSM and in understanding sexual health risks among MSM and service providers. 

An epidemic scenario based approach to assessing global HIV epidemics among Men who have Sex with Men (MSM) in Low and Middle Income Countries (LMIC)
Tuesday, 20 July 2010
Chris Beyrer, Stefan Baral, Frank Sifakis, Andrea Wirtz, Ben Johns, Damian Walker, Irisi Semini, Robert Oelrichs
Description: Development of "Epidemic Scenarios" to allow for more precise understanding of HIV epidemics among MSM and their relationship with the general population.

Factors associated with injection drug use cessation among injection drug users (IDUs) in Chennai, India
Tuesday, 20 July 2010
Darshan Sadarshi, Shruti Mehta, Sunil Solomon
Brief description:  In a cohort of male IDUs from India we observed a very high rate of injection cessation after voluntary counseling and testing.  However, those likely to be at highest risk for HIV appear to be the least likely to stop.

The Lancet Series: Global HIV epidemic among people who use drugs
Tuesday 20 July 2010,
Chris Beyrer, Adeeba Kamarulzaman, Kasia Malinowska-Sempruch, Steffanie Strathdee, and Lancet authors
Format: Symposium Session
Brief description: The Lancet has commissioned a Series on the global HIV epidemic among people who use drugs. The Series consists of seven original state-of-the-art reviews, and a number of invited commentaries. Following the principle of “nothing about us without us,” each paper includes the voices of people who use drugs—these include community participants and leaders from China, Ukraine, Thailand, Malaysia, and the USA.

UNAIDS Satellite Session: How can HIV prevention be used to develop health systems and how can health systems be used to get greater traction for HIV prevention?
Tuesday 20 July 2010
Chris Beyrer
Co-authors: Stefan Baral, Damian Walker, Frangiscos Sifakis, Robert Oelrichs

Presentation of the Center's collaborative work with the World Bank work on the epidemiology and modeling work of  the HIV epidemic among MSM in LMIC

Community Development Workshop: Safe Sex Skills and Knowledge Development among Men who have Sex with Men in Low and Middle Income Countries
Wednesday 21 July,
Stefan Baral, Tudor Kovacs, Daouda Diouf
This session is intended to provide orientation and share experience on how to develop protocol for qualitative services for marginalized groups. A special focus will be put in providing participants with the evidence-base for combination structural and individual level interventions preventing HIV for men who have sex with men in low- and middle-income countries. Given multiple levels of HIV risk,effective interventions for men who have sex with men must be multi-modal including both individual level interventions  as well as those that address the structural contexts for HIV risk. Little has been published on effective community-led models of HIV prevention for MSM in LMIC including peer education models, health promotion strategies, structured media strategies, and the engagement of key government and religious leaders. Currently, the peer-reviewed evidence for interventions targeting MSM has been mainly produced in high income settings with some key strategic data from lower income settings including Senegal, Peru, and Thailand. This workshop will provide and opportunity to describe lessons learned from developed quality control protocol as well as functional models of the provision of programmes even in difficult social, legal, and economic circumstances. The goal is to share lessons learned from the peer-reviewed literature with that learned from community-led MSM programming in low and middle income countries.

Buprenorphine use is associated with a higher risk profile than methadone use in a community-based cohort of injection drug users in Baltimore, MD
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Shruti Mehta, Greg Kirk
Brief description: We found that over time buprenorphine uptake relative to methadone uptake has increased in this cohort and was associated with a riskier profile including active injection drug use, incarceration, homelessness suggesting that buprenorphine may expand access to opiate substitution to even riskier users.

MSM Bridging Session: Know Your Epidemic - Know Your Response: MSM and their Needs in Middle and Low Income Countries
Thursday, July 22, 2010
Stefan Baral with Nyambura Njoroge, Joel Nana, Shivananda Khan, and Robert Carr
The session will cover  new data in epidemiology of HIV among MSM in LMIC and perspectives of risk, human rights, and steps forward from the community.

In the News...

Just Released: Safeguarding Health in Conflict Coalition’s 3rd annual report: No Protection, No Respect. The report details attacks on health care facilities, infrastructure, workers, and patients during 2015 and the first quarter of 2016.
Congratulations! Director Chris Beyrer to be installed as first Desmond M Tutu Professor of Public Health and  Human Rights.
News: African academinc challenge homophibic laws. Read here.
Listen! CPHHR Director Chris Beyrer discusses the AIDS Pandemic on Minnesota Public Radio.
New Publication: Sexual violence against female sex workers in the Gambia
Just Released! New JAIDS Special Issue: HIV Risks and Vulnerabilities Among Key Populations in West and Central Africa - Evidence to Inform HIV Prevention, Treatment, and Care
Join Us: March 31 4-5:30pm in Sheldon Hall for 'Health Transitions in Myanmar: 2015'
New Report: Syrian Medical Voices from the Ground: The Ordeal of Syria’s Healthcare Professionals.
Free: Editors of The Lancet have identified important articles from their respective journals to highlight World AIDS Day. They're freely available Dec. 1-31, including the Series on HIV and Sex Work.
Hot News! CPHHR Director Chris Beyrer has been appointed to the UNAIDS Scientific Experts Panel and is a newly elected member of the Institute of Medicine.
Just Released! The Lancet Series on HIV and Sex Work was recently released at AIDS 2014 in Melbourne. Congratulations to the team on an incredible Series!
New publication: MSM in Malawi: a qualitative assessment of health seeking and provision practices
New Publication: GBV in Conflict: Displaced Women in Colombia
Article: Sex Work Criminilization and HIV - Facing Reality
AIDS 2014: The 20th International AIDS Conference is fast approaching! The newly released destination guide is a great resource for LGBT attendees.
Just released! On the frontline of eastern Burma’s chronic conflict - Listening to the voices of local health workers in Social Science and Medicine. Full article.
New Report: The full report from the conference on the protection of health workers, patients and facilities in times of violence is now available.
Post-Doc Position: The CPHHR is looking for a post-doctoral research fellow to conduct analysis of quantitative data from studies with MSM in several settings. Details and application instructions.
Call to Action: Len Rubenstein recently convened a group of experts to address the issue of protection of health workers, patients and facilities in times of conflict. The Call to Action is available here.
Tribute: Please visit the IAS website for a tribute to Nelson Mandela, as well as links to his AIDS conference speeches.
New Reports: OSF profiles 11 access to justice projects in their new report Bringing Justice to Health. Read.
Just out: The Task Force on Preserving Medical Professionalism has found that since 9/11/2001, the DoD and CIA have involved U.S. military and intelligence agency health staff in activities that inflicted severe harm on detainees in U.S. custody. Read.
New Reports! Meeting the HIV-related needs of gay men, other MSM and Transgendered persons worldwide. Read.
Just Released: 'A Human Rights Approach to Heath and Conflict' by Center faculty Katherine Footer and Len Rubenstein. Read.
New Report: Center faculty have just published a new report 'Social and Structural Risks for HIV among migrant and immigrant MSM in Moscow." Read.
Just Released: Turning surveillance into support for MSM in Africa. Read.
HOT NEWS! The US Supreme Court ruled that Groups receiving federal money to combat AIDS abroad may not be required to adopt policies opposing prostitution. Read the full article here.
New Report: A new project lead by Dr. Stef Baral highlights HIV risk among MSM in Malawi and the discusses the need for data. Read.

New! Center faculty have published a new article"Modified social ecological model: a tool to guide the assessment of the risks and risk contexts of HIV epidemics" available here.

Read! Center faculty have published a new article 'Modeling the impact of HIV prevention and treatment for MSM on HIV trajectories in LMICs. Read.
Exclusive: The AMA has written to Secretary of Defense Hagel concerning allegations that detainees on hunger strike are being force-fed with assistance from physicians. Click here to view the letter.
Just out! Center faculty member Len Rubenstein published an article in Foreign Affairs describing issues of compromised medical care in conflict zones.
Hot News! The Huffington Post released an article on a recently published study on HIV among transgendered women, led by Center Faculty member Stefan Baral. Read.
New! The NYTimes published a letter comcerning a recent piece on attacks on Syrian doctors, written by Center faculty member Len Rubenstein. Read.
Update: HIV among MSM examined at CROI 2013. Read.
New! Click here for video of the CROI 2013 Plenary 'The Global HIV MSM Epidemic: Time to Act', by Center Director Chris Beyrer.
Hot Topic: The Center recently hosted the film "Beneath the Blindfold", which reveals the reality of life after torture. This informative documentary follows the lives of four torture survivors as they build new lives, careers and relationships. Please visit the website for more information.
Just Released! The eBriefing for the NYAS/CPHHR event 'New Paradigms of Risk and Protection: Understanding the HIV Epidemics among Gay and Bisexual Men' is now available on the NYAS website. Congratulations to everyone who worked together and made this event a tremendous success!
Congratulations! Gift Trapence attended the LGBT Human Rights Defenders event at the UN in NYC with Secretary General Ban Kyi-Moon, Yvonne Chaka Chaka and Ricky Martin as a leader in the fight against homophobia. Congratulations on this incredible honor!
Just Released: 'Free and Equal', a booklet published by the UN human rights office describes sexual orientation and gender identity in international human rights law. Read.
New Report: 'Impact of Maternal Depressive Symptoms on Growth of Preschool- and School-Aged Children', just published in Pediatrics, found that Maternal depressive symptoms during infancy may affect physical growth in early childhood. Congratulations to the Center's Pam Surkan and team on this interesting article. Read. Article.
Hot News! Burma's Daw Aung San Suu Kyi spoke via video to the International HIV/AIDS Conference in Washington D.C. on Thursday about ending the stigma experienced by many HIV/AIDS patients. Read. 
New Video! Burma's Aung San Suu Kyi accepts Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, Norway. Watch Video.

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