GENEVA, Switzerland — MSMGF, a health services group for men who have sex with men that formed in 2006, has joined with the Joint United Nations Programs on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) to launch Global Platform, a response to the “fast-track strategy” UNAIDS has set to end AIDS by 2030.
Through the platform, members will provide advice to various U.N. agencies, donors and other stakeholders on HIV program needs and priorities for gay and bi men and other men who have sex with men.
“The platform seeks to re-center the global response to HIV around unabated and disproportionate HIV incidence and prevalence in the worldwide population,” MSMGF officials said in a press release.
A platform kick-off meeting was held Jan. 12-13 in Geneva, Switzerland and featured representatives from the Global Fund, the Elton John AIDS Foundation, the World Health Organization and more.
The Platform’s short-term aim is to ensure strengthened language in the 2016 Universal Declaration on HIV/AIDS about the needs of gay and bisexual men, and other men who have sex with men, with clear, reasonably articulated indicators that are achievable and consistently used.
The Platform’s long-term aim is to increase availability of and access to high quality sexual health services; decreased HIV and STI incidence; significantly expanded enactment of human right protections; and improved social inclusion, social cohesion and social participation for gay and bisexual men and other men who have sex with men worldwide.