XIX International AIDS Conference

TUSY07 The Lancet 2012 Special Theme Series: Men Who Have Sex with Men and HIV
  Symposia Session
Venue: Session Room 1
Time: 24.07.2012, 16:30 - 18:00
Co-Chairs: Chris Beyrer, United States
Richard Horton, United Kingdom
Gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (MSM) are among the most heavily burdened groups for HIV infection, and for limited access to prevention, treatment and care in many settings. The Lancet MSM series will take account of the realities of the lives of MSM, the epidemiology of HIV among the highly diverse global communities of gay, bisexual, and other MSM, and their HIV prevention and other health care needs. The series includes seven linked, comprehensive reviews and five invited commentaries. The series reviews which will be presented in this session include: the Global Epidemiology of HIV among MSM, HIV Prevention, Caring for the Whole Man, Health Disparities for African Diaspora MSM, the Politics of Homophobia, Community Responses and Leadership, and a Call to Action for MSM and HIV.
Webcast provided by The Kaiser Family Foundation


Global epidemiology of HIV among MSM

S. Baral, United States

Prevention science advances and challenges for MSM

P. Sullivan, United States

Comprehensive care in health services for MSM: caring for the whole man

K. Mayer, United States

Homophobia: What is it? What are its effects? How can it be reduced?

D. Altman, Australia

Community participation in research and programmes

G. Trapence, Malawi

MSM, HIV and health disparities

G. Millett, United States

Call to action

C. Collins, United States

Questions, answers and conclusion

Powerpoints presentations
Prevention science advances and challenges for MSM - Patrick Sullivan

Comprehensive care in health services for MSM: caring for the whole man - Kenneth Mayer

Homophobia: What is it? What are its effects? How can it be reduced? - Dennis Altman

MSM, HIV and health disparities - Gregorio Millett

Call to action - Chris Collins

Rapporteur report

LAPC report by Esuyemi Ogunbanke

TUSY07 – The Lancet Special Series on Men who have Sex with Men

Main Themes

The HIV epidemic is expanding globally among MSM.

Biology is driving the spread among MSM.

Turning the Tide requires multi-pronged intervention.



Stefan Baral

In 2012, HIV remains uncontrolled among MSM. Modeling results suggest substantial behavior change would not be enough to control the spread. 

Patrick Sullivan

Controlling the epidemic requires; behavior change, testing, adherence, condom uptake, linkages, retention, safe places for prevention, culturally competent care, reduced stigma and criminalization.   “Using prevention technologies we have today, a quarter of new infections could be prevented in the next decade.”

Kenneth Mayer – Caring for the Whole Person

Culturally competent care includes factoring issues such as; families, coming out, long term relationships, reproduction, parenting, mental health, chronic diseases and communicable diseases.  

Dennis Altman

Homophobia is social and political. It includes denial and ignorance.  Because of it large numbers of people are being denied information, treatment and support.  The challenge is to make new possibilities for prevention available to MSM

Gift Trapence 

MSM’s response has led to major contributions for all but it has come at a high price.  The time has come for all to contribute to the health of gay men and other MSM


Gregorio Millet

“Black MSM are 8.5 times more likely to be hiv+ versus black populations worldwide and 15 times more likely to be hiv+ versus general populations”. Ironically, black MSM are 40% more likely to use protection.  Criminalization of homosexuality in Africa and the Caribbean is associated with a 2 fold increase in prevalence. “Addressing structural barriers is essential to achieving health equity for black MSM.”


Chris Collins AmFar,
The way ahead should lead to “increased access to prevention and treatment services and human rights and a decrease in HIV incidence, morbidity, mortality, stigma and discrimination.”


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