Turning the Tide: An OPEN Strategy for a response to AIDS in the Pacific
Report of the Commission on AIDS in the Pacific
The extent to which HIV is transmitted by sex between men in the Pacific is not known. Only
New Caledonia, French Polynesia and Guam have reported cases, but it is highly unlikely
that these are the only countries where male-to-male transmission has occurred.
Since most sex between men in the Pacific is hidden, illegal and denied, it is not addressed
appropriately in most national HIV plans. Where there is a visible “gay” or transgender
community in the Pacific they have taken a lead in national responses to HIV, as they were
aware of the epidemic in other countries since the 1980s. The Pacific has the opportunity
to learn from the mistakes of other regions. The report of the Commission on AIDS in Asia
noted that there had been a rapid rise in HIV prevalence among men who have sex with
men in several Asia cities. The Commission also found that despite dramatic increases in
resources available for HIV services, there continued to be a low coverage of services for
MSM at only around 5%.
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