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Statement on the Impact of Section 377A of the Penal Code on AIDS Prevention and Care

Section 377A strengthens and perpetuates stigma and discrimination of Men-who-have-sex-with-men (MSM) and Persons Living with HIV/AIDS (PLHIV), and Action for AIDS firmly believes that the repeal of Section 377A will significantly strengthen HIV and STI Control Programmes in Singapore, not just for the gay and other homosexual men, but indeed for everyone.

Hate Cannot Be Allowed to Take Root in Singapore

The mass shooting in an LGBT nightclub in Orlando is a tragedy and sobering reminder of the homophobia LGBT individuals experience on a daily basis. We are shocked and saddened by what has transpired in Orlando and we share in the pain of the families and friends of the victims.

Gay and MSM Community Sexual Health Survey Singapore 2014

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HIV infection is spreading rapidly in our community. In 2013 56% of the newly detected HIV infections were among gay and other men who have sex with men (MSM). We estimate that over 5% of all MSM in Singapore are HIV infected. The situation is especially urgent because HIV is infecting more young men, many of whom have not yet started their careers.

Effective information and prevention programmes are needed to slow down the spread of HIV. We are therefore seeking to improve our understanding of sexual health behaviour and attitudes. The Information you provide in this survey is anonymous and will assist us and our partners to plan programmes and deliver services to meet your needs, and the needs of other MSM.

 

Consolidated guidelines (UNAIDS 2014)

People at higher risk of HIV infection are not getting the health services they need, according to a new report by the World Health Organization entitled Consolidated guidelines on HIV prevention, diagnosis, treatment and care for key populations.

Released on 11 July, the publication warns that failure to provide adequate

 

HIV services for key groups, such as men who have sex with men, people in prison, people who inject drugs, sex workers and transgender people, threatens the global progress of the HIV response.

The consolidated guidelines outline the steps for countries to take to reduce new HIV infections and increase access to HIV testing, treatment and care services by populations at higher risk. The report aims to provide a comprehensive package of evidence-informed HIV-related recommendations for all populations, increase awareness of the needs of and issues important to key populations, improve access, coverage and uptake of effective and acceptable services, and catalyse greater national and global commitment to adequate funding and services.

“Failure to provide services to the people who are at greatest risk of HIV jeopardizes further progress against the global epidemic and threatens the health and well-being of individuals, their families and the broader community.”

Gottfried Hirnschall, Director of the HIV Department at the World Health Organization


 

First published – July 11 2014

MSM Community Symposium

Introduction
The gay and MSM community is experiencing increasing numbers diagnosed with HIV infection every year. Many of the MSM who are diagnosed are young (29 years and below).

We would like to take this opportunity to invite our community stakeholders to come together, as a community, for a meeting to discuss the issue of HIV and MSM in Singapore and to hopefully come up with new & better ideas to stop the spread of the infection and to assist those with HIV./AIDS amongst us.

This event will be held just before Pink Dot and will be a timely call for action to keep all members of our community in good health.

Objectives

  1. Provide updates on HIV and STI prevention , treatment and care
  2. Be a platform for brainstorming and sharing of resources
  3. Build new and strengthen existing partnerships and networks

Who Should Attend

  1. Community leaders and partners who have a stake and interest in HIV prevention and support for MSM
  2. Concerned individuals who are willing to contribute actively and constructively to the discussion
  3. Interested organisations should nominate key personnel to attend

Event Details

  • Venue : Park Royal at Pickering (Conference Room 1 Lvl 2 )
  • Date: 28 June 2014
  • Time: 12:30 Registration

RSVP Details

RSVP by June 25 – Participants are welcome to stay as observers for Action for AIDS’s Annual General Meeting and thereafter, proceed across the street to Hong Lim Park for Pink Dot.

Daniel Le

Manager

MSM Programme Outreach

daniel.le@afa.org.sg


Agenda

Topic Speaker
Welcome Prof. Roy Chan
HIV/STIs Epidemiology and Statistic
HIV Prof. Roy Chan (AFA)
STIs Dr. Gavin Ong (NSC)
Clinical Services for MSM for HIV/STI
HIV A/Prof. Lee Cheng Chuan (CDC)
STIs Dr. Martin Chio (NSC)
Break
Support Services for MSM and HIV
Coordinated Care Anwar Hashim (AFA)
PLC/MSM Support Group Paul Toh
Newly Diagnosed Priority Programme Avin Tan (AFA)
Intervention and Education Programmes
Counselling Bryan Choong (Oogachaga)
Youth Social Support Hafiz Muhd (SG Rainbow)
Varify – Testing buddy Nathan Renga (Purple Alliance)
gayhealth.sg Daniel Le/Avin Tan (AFA)

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