MSM and HIV Counselling and Testing Report in Asia and the Pacific

By February 13, 2014 Publications

This report details the HCT activities of key informants in the region, focuses on the efforts of reaching out to and providing HCT for MSM.

With inputs from the key informants in Australia, Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Mongolia, New Zealand, Pakistan, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Tonga and Vietnam, the report puts forward the following key findings:

  • While there was success achieved utilizing the present direct and indirect models of outreach, HCT service provision, client retention, support networks and strategic partnerships, there is the need for the scaling up of services if comprehensive service provision is to be achieved in the region.
  • The success of HCT and comprehensive service provision is dependent on the visibility, availability, accessibility, confidentiality and affordability of services. Dependable partnerships and collaborations with public and private organizations that effectively offer treatment, care and adherence to ART also add to the success of HCT services.
  • Creativity and innovation in targeted outreach messages are needed to attract MSM to HCT services. These targeted outreach messages need to be supported by the continuous upgrading of skills among NGO/CBO staff/volunteers in professionalism and empathy, as well as technical skills.
  • For comprehensive service provision to be effectively offered, the availability of funding from local governments and international organizations must be made a priority.
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