Over 200 participants from 22 Asia-Pacific countries gathered in Bangkok for a historic dialogue hosted by the Global Commission on HIV and the Law. As of now, 90 percent of countries in the Asia-Pacific region still have laws and practices that obstruct the rights of people living with HIV and those at higher risk of HIV exposure.
The demand for universal recognition of human rights took the front seat at the world’s largest HIV conference where “Treatment 2.0” and “harm reduction” were the buzzwords. Comference organisers also called on governments to adopt harm reduction codes in place of continued criminalisation of drug-use. Fridae's Laurindo Garcia delivers a wrap-up report from Vienna.
A decline in HIV prevalence among the general population has been achieved through improvements to HIV prevention and treatment services for gay men, and other men-who-have-sex-with-men (MSM). Fridae's Laurindo Garcia reports from Vienna.
Nineteen of 48 countries in the Asia Pacific region criminalise male-to-male sex which contributes to over 90 percent of gay and bisexual men in the region being denied access to HIV prevention and care services. Fridae’s Laurindo Garcia reports.
Danton Remoto, of the Philippines' Ang Ladlad – Asia's only LGBT political party – shares with Fridae's Manila correspondent Laurindo Garcia the group's plans after winning a mandate to represent LGBTs as a party-list group in the May 10 elections.
After weeks of heated debate about the separation of church and state an alliance between various Filipino LGBT organisations and youth groups brought their grievances to the headquarters of the Philippine Commission on Elections (Comelec) Wednesday morning and demanded a recent discriminatory ruling be struck down. Laurindo Garcia reports from Manila.
Almost 200 new MSM HIV cases occur each day in Asia – that’s one man (who has sex with another man) becoming infected with HIV every 7.5 minutes. This and other statistics were revealed at the 9th International Congress on AIDS in Asia and the Pacific (ICAAP 9) which closed in Bali, Indonesia last Thursday.
For the first time in its 14-year history, the generally festive atmosphere that emanates from the annual Manila Pride March was tarnished with placards and calls for "repentance" from church-based anti-gay protesters.