Jumping Hurdles with Adolescents: We Need More Than Just an HIV Test

Published: July 22, 2016

by Niluka Perera Reaching adolescents remains a paramount challenge in the HIV response, may they be perinatally infected with HIV or are from key populations. The number one killer of adolescents living with HIV in Africa is AIDS. More than 95% of all new HIV infections among young people in Asia and Pacific occur among adolescents of key populations. Young …

Engagement Tour of Denis Hurley Center

Published: July 20, 2016

by Michael Clark On Monday July 18, I went with 5 others to volunteer and tour the Denis Hurley Centre in downtown Durban. The inter-faith soup kitchen, HIV clinic and training center serves the needs of the poorest of the poor in Durban, many of whom are refugees, drug addicts and/or sexual minorities. Serving hearty meals six days a week, …

VIDEOS From AIDS2016: Inside the Massive HIV Treatment Access March

Published: July 19, 2016

By Mark S. King www.MyFabulousDisease.com Twitter @MyFabDisease I am a gay man with health insurance living in the United States, which means I have access to HIV medications if I need them. In the global scheme of things, that makes me an enormously privileged person. My privilege is something that always strikes me square across the head when I attend …

MSMGF Releases Strategic Plan for 2016-2021: Community Action, Sexual Health and Rights

Published: July 19, 2016

Immediately following, an all-day meeting to discuss the future strategic direction of the organization, MSMGF’s (the Global Forum on MSM & HIV) International Steering Committee and Board of Directors released their new Strategic Plan for 2016-2021 titled: Community Action, Sexual Health & Rights. Over the past 10 years, MSMGF has worked closely with partners from around the world to develop …

Focusing on the Legal, Social and Policy Barriers to HIV Services for Key Populations

Published: July 18, 2016

Durban, South Africa – In an official press conference today at the 21st International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2016) in Durban, researchers and community representatives discussed the impact of discriminatory laws and policies in many parts of the world that hinder access to HIV prevention, treatment, and care for the populations most at risk of HIV infection – men who have …

Human Rights and Gender Based Violence

Published: July 18, 2016

by Michael Clark Deeply ingrained cultural gender norms put the lives of trans and non-gender conforming people at risk for discrimination, violence and other violations of human rights. The three panelists the “Human Rights and Gender Based Violence” session of the No More Lip Service, Trans Access, Equality & Rights Now pre-conference highlighted research in the United States and Kenya. …

Moving on from a High-Level Failure

Published: June 20, 2016

Advocacy Entry Points and Follow-Up to the United Nations High-Level Meeting to End AIDS Political Declaration As MSMGF reported last week with NSWP, IRGT, GATE, and the Global Platform to Fast-Track the HIV and Human Rights Responses Among Gay and Bisexual Men and Other Men Who Have Sex with Men (The Platform), United Nations member states adopted a very weak …

A High-Level Failure for the United Nations on Key Populations

Published: June 8, 2016

Gay Men, Transgender People and Sex Workers Outraged Over Failed Political Declaration From the United Nations High-Level Meeting on Ending AIDS New York, NY – The Global Network of Sex Work Projects (NSWP), The Global Network of Trans Women and HIV (IRGT), Global Action for Trans Equality (GATE),  and MSMGF (The Global Forum on MSM & HIV) together with the Global Platform to …

URGENT Press Release: Civil Society Groups Demand a Coalition of Governments Speak Out and Fight for Game Changing Language in UN AIDS Declaration

Published: June 6, 2016

URGENT PRESS STATEMENT (Please share with any/all of your media contacts.) Health GAP (Global Access Project)   l   Global Forum on MSM & HIV  l   International Women’s Health Coalition   l   Housing Works  l  Pangea Global AIDS Foundation  l   AVAC For Immediate Release: June 6 2016 Nadia Rafif, MSMGF, nrafif@mpactglobal.org,  +1 510 646-5832 Matthew Kavanagh, Health GAP, matthew@healthgap.org, +1 202 486-2488 Nicole Rajani, …

Exclusion Kills! Gay Men and Sex Workers Worldwide Express Anger Over Attempts by Governments to Erase Key Populations from the UN Political Declaration on HIV & AIDS

Published: June 3, 2016

On May 27th, new draft language was released for the 2016 Political Declaration on HIV and AIDS, which is scheduled to be finalized in New York City next week (Wednesday, June 8 to Friday, June 10) at the United Nations. The Global Network of Sex Work Projects (NSWP) and MSMGF (The Global Forum on MSM & HIV) together with the …