Learn about the efforts underway focused on preventing new HIV infections among key populations.
Who is most impacted by HIV in the United States, and what are the promising policies and interventions that can help reduce new infections and improve the health and well-being of those living with HIV? Stewart Landers, Director of JSI/Boston, offers insight and a thank you to those who have fought to end the epidemic.
Stewart Landers writes from the 2011 National HIV Prevention Conference, “It feels a bit ironic to be blogging for the first time from the National HIV Prevention Conference on the same day that the Boston Globe publicized the drastic budget cuts that the Massachusetts HIV/AIDS Office has made to its very successful HIV prevention programs. At the same time, the notion of “a new beginning” for HIV prevention, despite the new austerity, has been very much at the heart of the opening day of this meeting.”
Today is December 10, Human Rights Day. There are any number of human rights issues that can be written about, talked about, fought for. Why should everyone care about MSM? For me personally, it comes from the basic belief that all people have the right to live fully: without fear, without hiding, with support and love, and yes: with a right to sexual pleasure. And to live in health. Yet, now at the close of 2010 we still have a long way to go, and the need for action is urgent, both around prevention and care/treatment.
In Uganda and Malawi, people have been forced to think about the implications of the policies and the discourse, and we have a long way to go. But just having the discourse–in any form–is progress.
Organized by the Global Forum on MSM & HIV (MSMGF), the MSM Pre-Conference presented high-level speakers (the leaders of the Global Fund, UNAIDS, AIDS-Free World) who affirmed that the broader global response to the HIV & AIDS would not forget about men who have sex with men (MSM). Johns Hopkins’ Chris Beyrer presented new models that described the impact of investments in HIV prevention programming for MSM, showing in each case (Thailand, Ukraine, Peru, and Kenya) that such investments would turn the trajectories of their national epidemics. Concurrent workshops addressed a range of issues, including funding, community action, prevention, research, advocacy, and access to treatment and care.