International Community Must ‘Do Better’ In Responding To HIV Among MSM

The Lancet: The global response to HIV in men who have sex with men
Chris Beyrer of the Center for Public Health and Human Rights at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and colleagues

“In July, 2012, The Lancet published a series on gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (MSM) and HIV … Proposed actions ranged from the setting of targets for global funding, policy reform, and operations research, to improvements in effective HIV prevention and treatment services, including expanded access to pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and increased coverage of antiretroviral treatment (ART). … Although the response to AIDS has seen important research advances and continued reduction in incidence and expansion of treatment access for those living with HIV, the global epidemic in gay men and other MSM remains severe and is clearly one of the defining challenges ahead in the effort to control the HIV pandemic. … MSM are overburdened and under-resourced in the global HIV response. Despite overwhelming scientific evidence supporting the need for expanded funding, access to services, and policy reform, insufficient progress is being made in the prevention and treatment of HIV in these men and their communities. We can do better, and we must if we are to have any hope of success in controlling HIV spread worldwide” (7/9).

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