January 18, 2012
Insufficient Funding of HIV/AIDS Programs for Gay Men, MSM
A new report shows that low funding for HIV/AIDS programs
that target gay men and men who have sex with men (MSM) may be holding back the
goal of an “AIDS-free generation,” according to a statement by amfAR, The
Foundation for AIDS Research. Achieving an AIDS-free Generation for Gay Men
and Other MSM was authored by amfAR and the
Center for Public Health and Human Rights at Johns Hopkins University. The report
found that resources to address HIV among MSM are insufficient and that existing
funds are often diverted away from MSM-related services. Other findings
include: With few exceptions, HIV programs deprioritize MSM; in many countries
inadequate data make it difficult to establish the true burden of HIV among
MSM; and in countries where homosexuality is criminalized, MSM forgo medical
services even though those countries continue to receive funding. The report also
includes recommendations for best practices for national governments, the
President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and the Global Fund to
Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.
To read amfAR’s statement, click here.
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