Despite of AIDS programmes prioritising men-who-have-sex-with-men (MSM) and transgender people as high risk communities, not only the existing services are reaching appalling low numbers of MSM and trangender people, but also the funding for programmes targeting these communities is shockingly, namesake. “Funding for programmes that address sexual health needs of MSM people in Asia Pacific is left to 4% of total HIV-related funding” said Shivanand Khan, who was conferred upon the Order of British Empire (OBE) by the British Queen in recognition of his contribution to HIV prevention among MSM. Shivanand Khan is also the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Naz Foundation International (NFI).
This is very serious concern because according to the Commission on AIDS in Asia report 2008, more than 50% of new HIV infections will occur in MSM and transgender people.
“Nine out of ten MSM or transgender don’t receive any service at all” said Shivanand Khan OBE.
Shivanand Khan was speaking at the launch of a UN study at the XVIII International AIDS Conference in Vienna, Austria. The study report “Legal Environments, human rights and HIV responses among MSM and transgender people in Asia and the Pacific” is co-published by the UNDP and Asia Pacific Coalition for male sexual health (APCOM).
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