Males who have sex with males (MSM), transgender (TG) people, and sex workers (SWs) are at higher risk for HIV transmission than other individuals, even in generalized epidemics. Structural and policy issues have created barriers for MSM/TG/SWs in seeking services and adopting individual and community harm reduction strategies. Published by the Health Policy Project and the African Men for Sexual Health and Rights (AMSHeR), with support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), the Policy Analysis and Advocacy Decision Model for HIV-Related Services: Males Who Have Sex with Males, Transgender People, and Sex Workers is a collection of tools that helps users assess and address policy barriers that restrict access to HIV-related services for MSM/TG/SWs.
Published: September 17, 2013
Designed to help country stakeholders build a public policy foundation that supports access to and implementation and scale-up of evidence-informed services for MSM/TG/SWs, the Decision Model helps to clearly identify and address policy barriers to services. Its policy inventory and analysis tools draw from the extensive body of international laws, agreements, standards, and best practices related to MSM/TG/SW services, allowing the assessment of a specific country policy environment in relation to these standards. This customizable, in-depth, and standardized approach will build stakeholders’ capacity to identify incremental, feasible, near-term opportunities to improve the legal environment and the resulting quality of and access to services for MSM/TG/SWs while long-term human rights strategies are implemented.
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