Young MSM and transgender people are raising their voice

Published: September 10, 2010

Young men who have sex with men (MSM) and transgender people in Asia and the Pacific region are calling for governments, donors and partners to ‘make youth voices count’ by increasing focus and programming of national HIV responses to include their opinions and needs.

A growing body of data has documented exceptionally high transmission rates among men who have sex with men and transgender people in Asia and the Pacific region.

Men who have sex with men in Asia face nearly one in five odds of being infected with HIV and are estimated to account for roughly half of the national epidemic in many of the small Pacific Islands. In the larger nations of Australia and New Zealand, men who have sex with men is by far the largest transmission category for both HIV prevalence and incidence. Among transgender people, HIV prevalence has been found to range from 10% to 42% in five Asian countries.

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