Chris Beyrer, M.D., M.P.H. Javier Lama, M.D., M.P.H. Nittaya Phanuphak, M.D., Ph.D.
Original Article: bit.ly/16tJ0K3
Burma/Myanmar has a serious HIV epidemic, with low rates of HIV testing and treatment access and high disease burden among gay men, other men who have sex with men, and transgender (GMT) individuals. Using the framework of the HIV treatment cascade, the study team will work to measure and overcome barriers to HIV testing, diagnosis, and linkage to care. Specific innovations will include assessing the effectiveness of HIV self-testing done in the privacy of one’s home, point-of-care CD4 testing, and the use of “peer navigators” familiar with the local health system to help those who are newly diagnosed gain access to HIV treatment and care.
In addition to The Center for Public Health and Human Rights at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, the collaborative team for the implementation science research study includes the Ministry of Health, Myanmar; the University of Public Health of Myanmar; The International HIV/AIDS Alliance Myanmar; MSM Network Myanmar; and Myanmar Youthstars. This community-based implementation research aims to inform HIV-related public health initiatives for GMT in Myanmar and fill gaps in knowledge regarding the effective models to engage GMT in HIV care.
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