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SOMOSGAY and the MSMGF celebrate big scientific advances in HIV treatment

SOMOSGAY and the MSMGF celebrate big scientific advances in HIV treatment

access_timeFebruary 09, 2016 10:46 am

The Global Forum on MSM & HIV (MSMGF) congratulated the World Health Organization (WHO) for the publication of new guidelines on the immediate antiretroviral treatment (ART) for newly diagnosed people and for promoting the availability of PrEP (Pre-exposure profilaxis) to all people at considerable risk to HIV. The updated guidelines are aligned with the best available scientific evidence and the needs of communities.

The MSMGF currently supports programs in 15 countries, and since 2010, SOMOSGAY is part of the Global Forum on behalf of Paraguay and Latin America, through its board and the youth reference group.

The new recommendations include ARV medication for all people living with HIV, regardless of CD4 count (cells that are an essential part of the immune system). They also include PrEP for anyone in substantial risk of HIV. Clinical trials have shown to date that when taken correctly PrEP and medication regimen is fully adhered, an almost complete protection against HIV infection can be offered.

 

PrEP (for its acronym in English) means pre-exposure prophylaxis and is a promising biomedical intervention against HIV. It is that people who live with HIV take antiretroviral drugs to prevent infection. PrEP starts before possible exposure to HIV and is taken continuously.

 

Rates of HIV infection are disproportionately high among gay men in all regions of the world. It is estimated that the use of PrEP worldwide could reduce the incidence of HIV among gay men by 20-25% or more, preventing up to 1 million new infections over 10 years. Violence, homophobia and stigma remain major obstacles to ensure that gay men receive and access services they need.

 

On the MSMGF

The Global Forum on MSM and HIV has been working since 2006 to strengthen resources with better sexual health services worldwide to gay men and other men who have sex with men (MSM) through its advocacy and technical support. As a global network, the MSMGF has successfully influenced effective local HIV responses through changes in public health policies as an entry point for the advancement of human rights of LGBT people.

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Simón Cazal

Co-Fundador y Director Ejecutivo, SOMOSGAY