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As AIDS Conference Opens, amfAR Releases Report Exposing Global Failure to Address HIV Among MSM
Date:8/4/2008

when it comes to human rights and HIV, somewhere between the declarations and the practice, many governments fall into a hole. That is especially true when sexuality is introduced into policy debates," said Joanne Csete of the Firelight Foundation, who also contributed to the report. "Governments should be concerned about the corrosive effects on broader society, both epidemiologically and otherwise, that arise when they repress people on the basis of sexuality."

In 2006, all UN member states committed to report on a total of 23 indicators relating to various aspects of the HIV epidemic. Five of these 23 indicators are relevant to MSM and measure prevalence of HIV infection, rates of HIV testing, HIV knowledge, condom use, and access to prevention programming. The fact that 77 countries did not report any data on HIV prevalence among MSM signals a callous indifference and a lack of responsiveness to the epidemic among this vulnerable population.

About amfAR

amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, is one of the world's leading nonprofit organizations dedicated to the support of AIDS research, HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment education, and the advocacy of sound AIDS-related public policy. Since 1985, amfAR has invested nearly $275 million in its programs and has awarded grants to more than 2,000 research teams worldwide. For more information about amfAR, visit http://www.amfar.org.

About the MSM Initiative

amfAR's MSM Initiative was launched in 2007 to reduce the high HIV infection and transmission rates among MSM in resource-limited countries. The MSM Initiative is charged with empowering grassroots MSM organizations and building awareness of the HIV epidemic affecting MSM.


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