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Access to HIV Prevention Services and Attitudes about Emerging Strategies: A Global Survey of Men Who Have Sex with Men (MSM) and their Health Care Providers

By Ted Hufstader | 14 Jul, 2011

The PrEP efficacy trials showed that ARVs can greatly reduce the risk of HIV transmission, especially among MSM. However, social stigma, homophobia, and criminalization, to name a few, pose as major barriers to delivering PrEP, as well as other HIV interventions, to MSM.

This report released by the MSMGF highlights the challenges of delivering HIV prevention & treatment interventions to MSM given the major structural barriers that MSM face globally as they try to access health care services.


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Key findings taken from page 5 of the report:

The findings of the survey point to four key recommendations for public health systems, HIV/AIDS advocates and providers, and researchers:
1. Given the documented effectiveness of basic HIV prevention strategies, more must be done to engender universal access to basic HIV prevention among MSM in all parts of the world, most notably the Middle East and Asia-Pacific. In order to contain HIV transmission successfully, vigilance and sustained efforts are needed to ensure that MSM have access to a comprehensive
set of prevention strategies.
2. Targeted information campaigns are needed to promote awareness of PrEP and other emerging strategies among MSM and their providers prior to implementing these strategies. Doing so will likely increase acceptability of PrEP and make it a more feasible public health intervention.
3. Stigma surrounding homosexuality and gay men that impedes health-seeking behaviors and
access to health services must be addressed. Structural conditions, such as external homophobia and stigma, must be addressed in order to promote unfettered access to HIV prevention
services that can increase the health of MSM communities worldwide.

4. Focused attention on the HIV prevention needs of young MSM is essential. Across regions of the
globe, young MSM report lower access to basic and emerging prevention strategies, and have
lower knowledge of these strategies, compared to older MSM. Given the rising rates of new HIV infections among young MSM, it imperative to alleviate this health access disparity.

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    Summary: The PrEP efficacy trials showed that ARVs can greatly reduce the risk of HIV transmission, especially among MSM. However, social stigma, homophobia, and criminalization, to name a few, pose as major barriers to delivering PrEP, as well as other HIV interventions, to MSM.

    This report released by the MSMGF highlights the challenges of delivering HIV prevention & treatment interventions to MSM given the major structural barriers that MSM face globally as they try to access health care services.


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    Key findings taken from page 5 of the report:

    The findings of the survey point to four key recommendations for public health systems, HIV/AIDS advocates and providers, and researchers:
    1. Given the documented effectiveness of basic HIV prevention strategies, more must be done to engender universal access to basic HIV prevention among MSM in all parts of the world, most notably the Middle East and Asia-Pacific. In order to contain HIV transmission successfully, vigilance and sustained efforts are needed to ensure that MSM have access to a comprehensive
    set of prevention strategies.
    2. Targeted information campaigns are needed to promote awareness of PrEP and other emerging strategies among MSM and their providers prior to implementing these strategies. Doing so will likely increase acceptability of PrEP and make it a more feasible public health intervention.
    3. Stigma surrounding homosexuality and gay men that impedes health-seeking behaviors and
    access to health services must be addressed. Structural conditions, such as external homophobia and stigma, must be addressed in order to promote unfettered access to HIV prevention
    services that can increase the health of MSM communities worldwide.

    4. Focused attention on the HIV prevention needs of young MSM is essential. Across regions of the
    globe, young MSM report lower access to basic and emerging prevention strategies, and have
    lower knowledge of these strategies, compared to older MSM. Given the rising rates of new HIV infections among young MSM, it imperative to alleviate this health access disparity.

    Source: Global Forum on MSM & HIV - MSMGF

    Publication Date: July 12, 2011

    Language: English

    Keywords: Addressing structural risk, HIV prevention and care services, Integration and linkages to care, MSM, pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), primary care, Sexual transmission

 

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