Thailand Brings PrEP to Scale

Thailand is starting to roll out pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for HIV prevention among key higher-risk groups in high burden provinces, scaling up PrEP pilot projects within the national health system. The announcement was made at the satellite session “Breaking barriers and building bridges toward sustainability of the AIDS response in South-East Asia” during the International AIDS Conference in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Continue reading

Oped: PrEP MAP Shows the way to increasing use of HIV prevention drug in Asia Pacific

Increasing awareness of HIV combination prevention and access to HIV prevention drug PrEP for people in Asia and the Pacific is the aim of a new digital resource called PrEP MAP which was launched yesterday at the AIDS 2018 conference in Amsterdam.   Continue reading

Oped: Asia and the Pacific's PrEP Landscape

When it comes to describing the extent of Asia’s HIV epidemic among MSM, the numbers say it all. MSM HIV infection rates are above 6% in Myanmar, Vietnam, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand, reaching close to 14% in Mongolia. Several cities in the region, including Ho Chi Minh, Jakarta, and Kuala Lumpur are already at 15%. In Bangkok, almost one in three MSM is HIV-positive. On top of this, consistent condom use remains low, with less than half of MSM in most major Asian cities using condoms consistently - a rate that is far too low to have an impact on reducing HIV transmission among MSM. Continue reading