A new report shows that low funding for HIV/AIDS programsthat target gay men and men who have sex with men (MSM) may be holding back thegoal of an “AIDS-free generation,” according to a statement by amfAR, TheFoundation for AIDS Research. Achieving an AIDS-free Generation for Gay Menand Other MSM was authored by amfAR and theCenter for Public Health and Human Rights at Johns Hopkins University. The reportfound that resources to address HIV among MSM are insufficient and that existingfunds are often diverted away from MSM-related services. Other findingsinclude: With few exceptions, HIV programs deprioritize MSM; in many countriesinadequate data make it difficult to establish the true burden of HIV amongMSM; and in countries where homosexuality is criminalized, MSM forgo medicalservices even though those countries continue to receive funding. The report alsoincludes recommendations for best practices for national governments, thePresident’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and the Global Fund toFight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.
To read amfAR’s statement, click here.