The Jakarta Post
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Countries must recognize that key populations most vulnerable to HIV must be reached urgently to achieve the United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS) fast-track targets by 2020, with the aim of ending AIDS by 2030, the World Health Organization (WHO) has said.
WHO regional offices for Southeast Asia and the Western Pacific say communities most vulnerable to HIV need to be equal partners with governments in responding to the epidemic.
WHO Western Pacific regional director, Shin Young-soo, said the epidemic was rising quickly and was concentrated in key populations, although HIV numbers had fallen in some countries.
The coalition advocates greater resources, research and a rights-based approach to HIV and other issues affecting men who have sex with men (MSM).
“Nine out of ten new HIV cases in Manila involve MSM. One out of three MSM in Bangkok is HIV positive. Most of China’s new HIV cases are MSM. Young people are especially at risk. […] we don’t see adequate investment in most countries,” Poonkasetwattana. (ebf)(+++)
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