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amfAR MSM Initiative

A grants programme that supports community-based efforts to reduce the spread and impact of HIV/AIDS among gay men, other MSM and transgender individuals in the developing world.

Introduction

Hi, my name is Kent Klindera and I am the Director of the men who have sex with men (MSM) Initiative at amfAR, the Foundation for AIDS Research. In 2007, we launched the MSM Initiative, a global programme to combat the spread and impact of HIV among gay men, other MSM, and transgender individuals in the developing world, and have been working with Positive Action ever since. Specifically, Positive Action currently supports this programme in the Asia Pacific Region, enabling us to provide funding and support to grassroots MSM organisations. Today, I’m pleased to take you on a tour of our programme and show you how we are tackling some of the major challenges faced by gay men, other MSM and transgender individuals in this region.

Key Facts

Project name: 
MSM Initiative

Run by:
amfAR, the Foundation for AIDS Research

Region:
Asia Pacific

Population:
Gay men, other men who have sex with men (MSM), and transgender individuals

Challenges:
Stigma and discrimination; criminalisation; lack of access to health services

Activities:
Supporting community-based organisations; funding research; advocating for increased global attention and funding for HIV/AIDS programmes specific to MSM; supporting epidemiological, demographic and policy research to inform more effective prevention efforts in these communities.