NGO Delegate for Asia and the Pacific, Attapon Ed Ngoksin, shares his experiences and lessons learned from taking part in a consultation on HIV and young MSM and transgender women in his region.
‘Self-issues’ and their linkage with sexual risk-taking in the context of HIV is a topic not well known to public health practitioners and policy makers. To explore these issues, a 3-day consultation, organized in October 2012 in Bangkok by Youth Voices Count, brought together young men who have sex with men (MSM) activists and transgender women below the age of 30 from 14 countries in the Asia and the Pacific region..
‘Self-issues’, as these youth put it, is a term to describe a specific set of issues that positively or negatively impact self-acceptance, self-esteem and confidence. While HIV and human rights experts understand how laws and legal environments constitute barriers to provision of and access to HIV and other health services, self-issues, including self-stigma, are much harder to deal with: it involves the knowledge, skills, perceptions and experience of young people that ultimately influence individual choices of the type of sexual activity they decide to perform with their partners – be it protected or unprotected.
The ‘experts’ categorize young men who have sex with men and young transgenders as ‘target groups’ for programmes; a typical indicator of success in these expert interventions is the number of condoms distributed. However, their lived realities are more complex. Little is understood about their lifestyles and sexuality, particularly how the culture of ignorance and silence dominates thinking and directly impacts their psychological well-being as they grow up: that being gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender is somehow ‘un-natural’, ‘bad’, ‘wrong’ or immoral’.
The Global Fund Partnership Forum recently took place in Sao Paolo, Brazil, gathering more than 300 participants from around the world to give input for the development of the Global Fund’s 2012-2016 strategy. In preparation for the Partnership Forum, B-Change and the MSMGF conducted a small online survey to better understand MSM and transgender involvement and understanding regarding the Global Fund, including experiences and opinions of the Global Fund’s recently-introduced strategy on sexual orientation and gender identity. Results of the survey can be found in the following presentation:
The World Health Organization has published the first ever guidelines on the prevention and treatment of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections for men who have sex with men (MSM) and transgender people. Developed in consultation with key stakeholders and civil society around the globe, the guidelines assess the effectiveness of available interventions and emphasize the importance of a human rights approach to healthcare for these populations.
From ARC International
- This Friday, 17 June 2011 – in just a few days – member States of the Human Rights Council will vote on a resolution on human rights violations based on sexual orientation and gender identity at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva.
(see our official press release)
31 January 2011 – The UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board (PCB) NGO Delegation is saddened by the news of the murder of David Kato, a key activist in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender person (LGBT) community in Uganda. David was well known to the Delegation, our partners and constituencies and his tireless work was inspiring to us all.
Takes note of the report on the progress made by UNAIDS since 2009 on the implementation of the “UNAIDS Action Framework: Universal Access for Men who have Sex with Men and Transgender People” and calls upon UNAIDS and all partners to intensify efforts to meet the health needs of men who have sex with men and transgender people in the context of HIV and to ensure non-discrimination, in particular to urgently address the key economic, legal, social and technical barriers, which impede effective HIV responses, and to enhance their direct participation in national, regional and global HIV policy and programming*
The report of the Common Ground meeting is now available. This meeting was hosted by the NGO Delegation of the UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board (PCB), to bring together activists engaged in networks or constituencies of women, gay and other men who have sex with men (MSM), sex workers (male, female and transgender), transgender people and people living with HIV from all regions of the world to establish a common ground for working together.
The Common Ground meeting was hosted by the NGO Delegation of the UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board (PCB), to bring together activists engaged in networks or constituencies of women, gay and other men who have sex with men (MSM), sex workers (male, female and transgender), transgender people and people living with HIV from all regions of the world to establish a common ground for working together.