The public discussion, titled ‘The Hidden Epidemic: AIDS, Human Rights, and Vulnerable Populations’ focused on Eastern Europe and sub-Saharan Africa. The event was organized by Management Sciences for Health, partner to The Alliance on the AIDSTAR-Two Project.
MSM rights are human rights
Elden Chamberlain, Most At Risk Populations and Networks Specialist on the USAID-funded AIDSTAR-Two Project, emphasised that the rights of men who have sex with men (MSM) are human rights, and highlighted the findings of the recent AIDSTAR-Two report, Men Having Sex with Men in Eastern Europe: Implications of a Hidden HIV Epidemic.
Stigma and discrimination
Elden said that in parts of Eastern Europe men who have sex with men “are vilified, discriminated against, refused services and have little access to appropriate health care/HIV prevention” and stressed that “stigma and discrimination is the biggest issues facing men who have sex with men in the region”.
Other speakers on the panel came from Boston University School of Public Health’s Center for Global Health & Development; the AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts; and Amnesty International USA and around 60 people attended the event.
You can download a copy of the full Men Having Sex with Men in Eastern Europe: Implications of a Hidden HIV Epidemic report in either English or Russian.
You can view Elden’s presentation slides here.
Read more about our activities on International Human Rights Day.
men who have sex with men are vilified, discriminated against and refused services