Advocates and service providers work most effectively when equipped with clear, comprehensive analysis of relevant policies and developments in the field. To meet this need, MPact engages in knowledge translation and knowledge production, generating numerous publications on issues that impact the sexual health and human rights of men who have sex with men at regional and global levels.
Check out additional publications in the research section of our website.
The Impact of Stigma and Discrimination on Key Populations and Their Families
Societal stigma and punitive legal frameworks often severely impede key populations’ rights to raise families free from interference and discrimination. The experiences of key population groups (gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men, people who use drugs, sex workers, and transgender people) are diverse, and are informed by varying levels of criminalisation, stigma and discrimination, and individual factors such as socioeconomic status, gender, race, and health status. This paper developed in collaboration with NSWP and INPUD explores these challenges, and provides recommendations for policymakers.
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The Homophobia and Transphobia Experienced by LGBT Sex Workers
Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people experience targeted homophobia and transphobia at every level – including legal, political and social. For sex workers who are LGBT, discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity adds to and intensifies the discrimination they experience as sex workers. This Briefing Paper written in collaboration with NSWP documents the stigma and discrimination experienced by LGBT sex workers and highlights differences in their experiences when compared with other members of their respective communities.
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Focus on key populations in national HIV strategic plans in the African region
The World Health Organization (WHO) defines key populations as populations who are at higher risk for HIV irrespective of the epidemic type or local context and who face social and legal challenges that increase their vulnerability. They include sex workers, men who have sex with men, transgender people, people who inject drugs, and people in prison and other closed settings. In addition to experiencing elevated HIV risk and burden and facing legal and social issues, these populations historically have not received adequate priority in the response to the HIV epidemic, especially in countries with generalized HIV epidemics.
Out With It: HIV and Other Sexual Health Considerations for Young Men Who Have Sex with Men
Developed in collaboration with UNDP, UNFPA, and The World Health Organization (WHO) this technical brief gives recommendations for making services, laws, and funding accesible to young gay and bisexual men.
How to Make Your Voice Heard in Your Country’s Voluntary National Review of the SDGs
May 2018 | EN | ES | FR | AR | RU
This info sheet highlights opportunities for civil society engagement in upcoming Sustainable Development Goal reporting.
Unity in Diversity: A Case Study on the Achievements, Good Practices and Lessons Learned from the Consortium of MSM and Transgender Networks
This case describes the Consortium of MSM and Transgender Networks’ best practices and lessons learned. It is framed around the Consortium’s eight key achievements in the areas HIV, sexual health and human rights.
Getting on Track in Agenda 2030: HIV in Voluntary National Reviews of Sustainable Development Implementation
Released ahead of regional meetings commencing this month in preparation of the annual High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development, this report calls upon UN agencies, Member States, and members of civil society to collaboratively ensure HIV-related data is included in the framework of Agenda 2030.
Population Size Estimation of Gay and Bisexual Men and Other Men Who Have Sex With Men Using Social Media-Based Platforms
In order to reliably estimate the proportion of the male population who do not identify as heterosexual, this study compares UNAIDS estimates (where available) to estimates of members of Hornet, a social app geared towards gay men, and Facebook members with specific interests associated with gay and bisexual men and men who have sex with men in 13 countries across five continents.
Reconsidering Primary Prevention: New Steps Forward in the Global Response
September 2017 | English | Español | Français |
The world needs a new phase in the evolution of the HIV response—one that reinvigorates prevention by seamlessly combining the efficacy of upstream, midstream, and downstream interventions with the powerful effectiveness of community action. Lead by MSMGF in conjunction with global key population networks GATE, IRGT, GNP+, NSWP, ICW, and INPUD, the paper emphasizes the need for a nuanced strategy that combines the efficacy of new biomedical interventions with the guidance and leadership of communities that continue to be disproportionately affected by HIV.
Agenda 2030 for LGBTI Health & Well-Being
Released ahead of the 2017 UN High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development, this paper calls on countries to recognize and address the impact of stigma, discrimination, violence, and criminalization on health. In collaboration with OutRight Action International and The Global Platform to Fast Track the Human Rights and HIV Responses with Gay and Bisexual Men, MSMGF argues for a global health and development approach that is inclusive of LGBTI people.
Getting on the Fast Track: Advocacy Priorities for the Global HIV and HUman Rights Responses with Gay & Bisexual Men
In 2015, UNAIDS introduced a set of targets to accelerate the global response to HIV. Although this has resulted in HIV incidence remaining flat or beginning to decrease in a few select cities, HIV remains unabated among gay and bisexual men in many parts of the world. This paper carefully details next steps for coordinated action on reaching global targets in the HIV epidemic.
This independent review by CLAC shares findings and recommendations for enhancing community engagement, with an emphasis on grant making and grant implementation.
Will the Global HIV Response Fail?
Gay and bisexual men and other men who have sex with men are among the small number of groups for whom HIV remains uncontrolled worldwide. Although there have been recent and notable decreases in HIV incidence across several countries, prevalence and incidence is consistently higher or rising among men who have sex with men when compared with other groups.
Ensuring the Meaningful Engagement of Transgender People in Global Fund Processes
Lessons Learned from a Consortium of MSM and Transgender Networks
New Series of Research Briefs Examines Challenges and Opportunities to Global HIV Service Scale-up for MSM
New Global Review Examines Prevalence of Violence against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender People and Impact on Access to HIV Services
Youth Reference Group Action Plan 2015-2017
This document outlines the MSMGF Youth Reference Group’s Action Plan to support the health and human rights of young MSM (YMSM) over the next three years.
Global Action with Local Impact: Why Advocacy Matters
This publication explores the role of global-level advocacy in addressing HIV among people living with HIV, people who inject drugs, sex workers, and LGBT people.
This policy brief examines access to basic HIV services among MSM in Sub-Saharan Africa, including the roles of stigma, violence, and community engagement in impacting levels of access among MSM in the region. (Erratum)
This policy brief examines challenges in accessing affordable HIV treatment for people living with HIV and key populations, providing recommendations for increasing access in middle-income countries.
Community Systems Strengthening and Key Populations
This publication details the strengths and weaknesses of community systems strengthening (CSS) for addressing HIV among key populations, providing recommendations for maximizing its impact.
This publication features a systematic analysis of the number, quality, and geographic coverage of abstracts on key populations at the 2012 International AIDS Conference (IAC).
This policy brief examines housing, violence, and other HIV risk factors among young men who have sex with men (YMSM) globally using data from the 2012 Global Men’s Health and Rights survey (2012 GMHR).
Fact Sheet: 2012 Global Men’s Health and Rights Survey
This fact sheet presents findings from the MSMGF’s recent report, “Access to HIV Prevention and Treatment for MSM,” featuring information on access to HIV services among MSM globally.
This compendium includes 12 technical bulletins that provide in-depth explanations of the latest intervention strategies in the field of HIV prevention and treatment for MSM, as well as detailed information about diagnostic technology and HIV coinfection with tuberculosis and viral hepatitis.
This community update highlights aspects of the new PEPFAR Blueprint relevant to MSM advocates and service providers, as well as opportunities to use the Blueprint to support local MSM programming.
This publication reports the main findings from the 2012 GHMR global online survey and regional focus groups conducted with MSM in Kenya, Nigeria, and South Africa.
MSM & HIV Policy Dashboard
A quick reference guide for HIV prevalence among MSM; UNGASS indicators relevant to MSM reported in 2008 and 2010; criminalization and legal environment for MSM; and HIV investments targeting MSM in Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Ukraine, Brazil, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Botswana, Kenya, South Africa, and Zimbabwe.
This community update highlights the major developments at the Global Fund relevant to HIV advocates dedicated to advancing the health and human rights of MSM, including new mechanisms for civil society engagement and next steps for continued advocacy.
The Robert Carr Doctrine
The product of a collaboration between global networks of gay men, people who use drugs, sex workers, transgender people, and people living with HIV, the Carr Doctrine calls on all stakeholders to rethink the global response to AIDS, urging actors to recognize that HIV is not just a public health issue, but rather a symptom of underlying societal inequities and injustices.
“Missing Voices” features over 100 abstracts on gay men, other MSM, and transgender people that were rejected and therefore omitted from the 2012 International AIDS Conference, highlighting important new and previously unseen data from around the world.
The MSMGF’s report highlighting the top ten policy developments of 2011. Entitled, “Top 10 in 2011: Key Global Policy Developments Concerning MSM & HIV,” the document details the successes and failures of the past year in an effort to help chart a course forward.
HIV Prevention Report Cards for Men Who Have Sex with Men
Developed in collaboration with the International Planned Parenthood Foundation (IPPF) and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), each report card summarizes current HIV prevention strategies and services for MSM and transgender people.
Drug Chart for HIV Treatment
To address the lack of treatment information tailored to the needs of MSM available in different languages, we have developed a drug chart that includes all approved and generic drugs for the treatment of HIV with dosing and side effects information.
Commissioned by the Global Fund, this report examines global investments in HIV programming for MSM and transgender people.
This report presents the results of the MSMGF’s 2010 Global Men’s Health and Rights survey, focused on prevention access, homophobia and knowledge of emerging technologies like PrEP.
This primer aims to improve the standard of clinical care for MSM by providing basic knowledge about homosexuality and MSM health needs, as well as offering a set of principles for effective engagement of MSM in a healthcare setting.
This report details the MSMGF’s audit of all program content at the 2010 International AIDS Conference, revealing the percentage of conference sessions devoted to MSM, transgender people, sex workers and people who use drugs.
Sense is the MSMGF’s multilingual online publication for MSM living with HIV. With contributions from gay men and other MSM around the world, Sense features personal stories about living with HIV in four different languages.
A collaboraiton with APLA, War Diaries features poetry, memoir, critical essays, and original artwork by and about black gay and bisexual men. Edited by Tisa Bryant and Ernest Hardy.
Focusing on issues concerning MSM, HIV and human rights at the global level, the MSMGF has developed a list of the 10 most significant policy issues and events of the past year.
MSMGF Note on the 2011 UN High-Level Meeting on AIDS
To help clarify the process and facilitate civil society participation, the MSMGF has put together a brief on various processes leading up to the 2011 UN High-Level Meeting on AIDS. This note also contains top-line messaging concerning the AIDS epidemic among MSM with links to helpful resources and key documents.
The WHO commissioned the MSMGF to conduct a series of interviews with MSM and transgender people around the world regarding experiences and perspectives on prevention and treatment for HIV and other sexually transmitted infections. This report is based on open-ended interviews with respondents from 27 different countries throughout Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Eastern Europe, Central Asia, Latin America, North America and Western Europe.
The product of a collaboration with the Global Network of People Living with HIV (GNP+), this policy brief provides an examination of issues linked to the sexual and reproductive health of MSM living with HIV, including recommendations for advancing the sexual health and rights of MSM living with HIV.
This report provides organizational profiles that were developed on the basis of interviews conducted with key field informants from select community-based organizations are presented along with a discussion of major themes that define their successes and challenges.
This policy brief challenges the silence at the global level about the disproportionate impact that HIV and AIDS have on MSM, and calls for ethically implemented and methodologically sound surveillance, along with epidemiologic and social science research that could sensitively inform HIV prevention and advocacy responses around the world.
This policy brief provides an overview of social discrimination as it relates to MSM and HIV, and includes recommendations for concerted action and policy development guided by a human rights framework.
Reaching MSM in the Global HIV and AIDS Epidemic
This policy brief provides an introduction to HIV among gay men and other MSM and identifies key strategic areas that are essential to turning the tide of the epidemic.