Men & HIV Forum
The Men & HIV Forum, convened by the International AIDS Society (IAS) and partners on 20 July in Mexico City, Mexico, provided a unique opportunity to bring together diverse scientific, political and community interests to discuss current opportunities and challenges for increased prevention, diagnosis and treatment of HIV for men and boys.
The objectives of the forum were to:
- Share the current evidence base highlighting HIV outcomes for men
- Highlight the barriers and structures that have led to poorer outcomes for men living with HIV
- Present best-practice interventions and research that have been implemented to support improvements in outcomes for men living with HIV
- Debate and discuss what the next steps are to ensure greater uptake and access of HIV services among men
- Hear from successful interventions to engage men from other disease areas and outside of health
- Bring the conversation about men and HIV to the forefront ahead of IAS 2019.
There is growing recognition that engaging men will be key to reaching the 95-95-95 Joint United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS)
targets for HIV by 2030. In 2017, UNAIDS released the report, Blind spot: Reaching out to men and boys,
acknowledging that men are disproportionately less likely than women to
know their HIV status, less likely to access and adhere to HIV
treatment and more likely to die as a result of AIDS-related illnesses.
Ambassador Deborah Birx, U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator and Special
Representative for Global Health Diplomacy, has increasingly highlighted
the need to engage men, particularly with regard to HIV testing
services. The Strategy for Accelerating HIV/AIDS Epidemic Control (2017-2020) of the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief emphasizes the
need for an “acceleration of optimized HIV testing and treatment
strategies particularly to reach men under age 35”. At AIDS 2018, the MenStar Coalition was launched with a pledge of US$1.2 billion in an effort to engage young men and boys to end the AIDS epidemic.
Forum Coordinating Committee
The Men & HIV Forum has been coordinated by a committee convened by Anna Grimsrud (IAS) and includes:
- Wole Ameyan (World Health Organization, WHO)
- Helen Ayles (Zambart)
- Clancy Broxton (United States Agency for International Development)
- Tom Coates (University of California, Los Angeles, UCLA)
- Morna Cornell (University of Cape Town)
- Meg Doherty (WHO)
- Kate Dovel (Partners in Hope/UCLA)
- Shari Dworkin (University of Washington)
- Bactrin Killingo (International Treatment Preparedness Coalition)
- Shawn Malone (Population Services International)
- Lauren Marks (Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator)
- Nelson Otwoma (National Empowerment Network of People Living with HIV/AIDS in Kenya)
- Dean Peacock (Promundo)
- Julie Pulerwitz (Population Council)
- Tanya Shewchuk (Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation).