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Lessons from the front lines: effective community-led responses to HIV and AIDS among MSM and transgender populations

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AMFAR, Global Forum on MSM and HIV (MSMGF)
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New York, AMFAR, 2010

Reports on amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, and The Global Forum on MSM & HIV (MSMGF)'s partnership to profile a variety of effective and creative organizations that are involved in the MSM programmes. The profiles illustrate the vital role of community-based grassroots efforts, which are too often sidelined in the development of national AIDS strategies and in the top-down, public health discourses regarding the global AIDS response. In addition, the profiles presented in this report highlight a few common challenges faced by community-based organizations. The three to emerge most notably are poverty, stigma and discrimination, and the diversity of community members’ identities and needs. These challenges are not new, but the profiles give powerful testament to the reality in which these organizations operate. Outlined at the end of this report are recommendations highlighting major issues—among them, stigma and discrimination, resource needs, and the inclusion of MSM and transgender groups in planning and decision making—that must be addressed to ensure an effective and sustained community-based response to HIV among MSM and transgender people.