Groups of men who have sex with men (MSM) are not uniform throughout the Southeast Asian region. As the groups vary, their need of health coverage, social acceptance and information varies. This Brief claims that design of policies, programs and advocacies must be tailored to the local context. There are several factors to take into consideration; age, urban/rural, social context and laws that criminalize certain behaviors. One of the major issues is how to approach young MSM who, in several countries, are in desperate need of treatment and counseling. The need to reach young MSM is important as it may prevent an upcoming surge in HIV infections. This Brief suggests that peer-based principles in the design of a program are essential.
APCOM Policy Brief: No. 04, August 2010
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