In response to high HIV prevalence rates among gay men and other men who have sex with men (MSM) around the world, global health leaders called for an end to the human rights abuses against MSM that contribute to HIV vulnerability. The call came at BE HEARD, an all-day pre-conference event hosted by the Global Forum on MSM & HIV (MSMGF). “Our vision of zero AIDS will never see the light unless we end criminalization of people by their sexual orientation,” said UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé at the opening plenary.
The event showcased presentations from more than 100 of the world’s top experts on the health and human rights of sexual minorities, with over 500 attendees from more than 80 countries. The momentum from the MSM Pre-Conference continues throughout AIDS 2010 in the MSM Networking Zone at the Global Village. The Zone features a full schedule of programming, including sessions on ARV-based prevention among MSM, human rights violations and homophobia, and essential tools for advocates focused on MSM populations.
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