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New Study Finds HIV Rates Among MSM Vastly Higher Than General Population in Developing Countries
Date:11/30/2007

revention efforts."

Despite these challenges, some progress is being made. Grassroots movements are forming in Africa, India, Southeast Asia, and other regions where discrimination is commonplace and the epidemic has reached crisis proportions. To nurture and expand these efforts, amfAR recently launched the MSM Initiative (http://www.amfar.org/cgi-bin/iowa/programs/globali/record.html?record=258) , which is providing seed grants to grassroots organizations in developing countries around the world to fight stigma and discrimination; support HIV/AIDS research and prevention efforts, and catalyze more attention and funding for HIV/AIDS among MSM.

"This study shows the need for more comprehensive research around incidence and prevalence of HIV among men who have sex with men in the southern African region," said Friedel Dausab, Project Officer for the PRISM Project in Namibia, which works on prevention research in sexual minorities. "This will provide African governments, international development organizations and donors with the evidence they need to help save the lives of millions MSM and their partners who are endangered by the HIV and AIDS epidemics."

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 prevention, treatment education, and the advocacy of sound AIDS-related public policy. Since 1985, amfAR has invested $260 million in its programs and has awarded grants to more than 2,000 research teams.


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