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New Asia Pacific Statistics Reveal an Alarming Incidence of HIV in MSM
Date:11/28/2007

data and statistics represent hope that our region is making a breakthrough,'' says Dede Oetomo, who sits on APCOM's interim governing board and is a noted long-time gay activist in Indonesia, a country with limited but successful and well-documented results in HIV and STI prevention among MSM. ''However, the good work that's emerged in recent times also serves as a warning that the hard work now really begins. With the multisectoral strength that APCOM provides, we are poised to finally reach out to MSM groups in a way that hasn't been possible before. It's an important, exciting time -- full of challenges, yet full of promise. Let's go forward now and get the work done.''

For more information, please contact:

Shivananda Khan / New Delhi: +91-98-3922-1091 (mobile)

Paul Causey / Bangkok: +66-81-984-6515 (mobile)

Edmund Settle / Beijing: +86-139-1136-3025 (mobile)

Geoff Manthey / Bangkok: +66-81-870-2175 (mobile)

APCOM BACKGROUND

A concept that grew out of the mounting HIV crisis in MSM populations across the Asia Pacific, APCOM was formally launched in July 2007. APCOM is a direct outcome of the Male Sexual Health and HIV in Asia and the Pacific International Consultation held in New Delhi in late 2006. This three-day consultation brought together community members, government officials, policy makers and researchers to provide an opportunity to inform and develop strategic advocacy initiatives on key policy issues concerning MSM and the transgender community.

Opened to regional and sub-regional networks, as well as national networks and individual organizations, APCOM is governed by a 19-member Governing Board comprised of community representatives from 7 Asia Pacific sub-regions: the Pacific (including New Zealand), South Asia (including Mongolia but excluding India), Greater Mekong (GMS), South East Asia (excluding GMS), Developed Asia (Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Taiwan, Hong K
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