Web-based MSM survey going on now

This news comes by way of PANCAP.

“The first of its kind in the Caribbean, CARIMIS: Caribbean Men Internet Survey 2011 is happening all over the Caribbean. It is the largest ever Caribbean survey of gay men, transgender, bisexual men and other men who are attracted to men. It is an initiative of the UNAIDS Caribbean Regional Support Team.

“It asks about relationships, sex life, risks and precautions and use of health services. One of the goals is to see whether gay men and other men who have sex with men (MSM) have access to HIV testing and prevention.

In the Caribbean, HIV prevalence among the MSM population ranges from 6.7 percent in Suriname to 32 percent in Jamaica. This is compared to an estimated adult prevalence in the region of one percent. The need to respond meaningfully to the MSM community in the Caribbean is obvious and urgent yet little is known about this key population.

“With this in mind, the CARIMIS seeks to collect information about the lives of MSM throughout the English, French, Spanish and Dutch-speaking Caribbean over a three month period starting from October 2011. The internet based survey is anonymous and the questionnaire takes about 20 minutes to complete. It aims to assess behavioural risks among Caribbean MSM while reaching populations who are inaccessible through more traditional sampling methods.

“CARIMIS offers a new approach to collecting Caribbean-wide but country-specific HIV behavioural risk data that may complement current traditional national and regional MSM studies. This will enable UNAIDS as well as our HIV collaborating partners to better estimate the magnitude of the HIV epidemic among Caribbean MSM,” said research associate, Sylette Henry-Buckmire.

“It is expected that the internet interface will attract more honest responses and therefore offer a better understanding of HIV infection dynamics within the Caribbean MSM community. Also successful implementation of this web-based MSM survey will inform similar studies for other highly stigmatized groups such as commercial sex workers.”

For further information on CARIMIS please contact Dr. Michel de Groulard at degroulardm@unaids.org

OECS HAPU calls for enhanced strategies to attract persons living with HIV/AIDS for Treatment.

Head of the OECS Secretariat’s HIV AIDS Project Unit (OECS HAPU), Dr. James St. Catherine, says the Unit’s service to OECS Member States in tackling HIV and AIDS has yielded successes in many areas.

However he adds that there is still significant room for improvement in aspects such as getting people to know their HIV status, treatment compliance, capacity to monitoring the safety and effectiveness of treatment, and the human resource and infrastructural support for dealing with cases of HIV and AIDS.

via OECS HAPU calls for enhanced strategies to attract persons living with HIV/AIDS for Treatment..

PANCAP and the HIV/AIDS challenge in the Caribbean

Discrimination, including the flouting of the most basic widespread human rights, is still widespread for those living with HIV/AIDS.

And while we have seen real progress across the board, five more people still contract the virus for every two who start treatment.

Despite the tremendous efforts of PANCAP, the Caribbean has not been spared.

Indeed, with the exception of Sub-Saharan Africa, the region faces the greatest HIV/AIDS challenge.

via PANCAP and the HIV/AIDS challenge in the Caribbean – Stabroek News – Guyana.

Expert: HIV-AIDS fight must target racism, poverty

The stigma of HIV-AIDS weighs heaviest on certain communities but it is a global issue, says Clemon George, a professor and HIV-AIDS researcher at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology.

“HIV is a chronic infection that affects everyone,” he said in an interview Wednesday at the Italian Cultural Centre in Halifax, where he gave the keynote address at an event sponsored by the Nova Scotia Advisory Commission on AIDS marking World AIDS Day.

via Expert: HIV-AIDS fight must target racism, poverty – Metro – TheChronicleHerald.ca.