Projects

Working with men to address HIV in Myanmar

Men who have sex with men (MSM) in Myanmar are largely hidden, apart from certain groups, such as those that attend religious events or work in the public sphere. Existing HIV related services for MSM generally reach these more visible and accessible groups, which means that a large number of men who have sex with men are not getting tested for HIV nor have access to treatment. Innovative approaches are therefore needed to access the ‘hard to identify and reach’ men who have sex with men.

In 2008, there were an estimated 240,000 MSM in Myanmar. Of these men, 11 percent were HIV positive. Within the general population, 1.8 percent of men said they had had sex with another man at some point in their life.

Burnet Institute is working with the Myanmar Business Coalition on AIDS (MBCA) to deliver high quality HIV prevention focused peer education, referral to voluntary confidential counselling and testing (VCCT) and sexually transmissible infection (STI) services, as well as increasing condom access and use in ‘harder to reach’ MSM.

The program promotes safer sex behaviours, correct condom use, healthcare seeking behaviours and referral to HIV and sexual health services. The program also addresses stigma and discrimination by raising awareness and influencing attitudes in the community.

Timeline

January 2011 - December 2017

Results

  • 7,628 men who have sex with men were reached with HIV prevention services in 2012.
  • 158,754 pieces of condom and 23,247 sachets of lubricant gel distributed to men who have sex with men and their partners in 2012.
  • 1303 men who have sex with men tested HIV in 2012.

Collaborators

Myanmar Business Coalition on AIDS

Funding

Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria

Contact Details

For any general enquiries relating to this project, please contact:

Doctor Phone Myint Win

Myanmar Country Representative

Email

phonemyintwin@burnetmyanmar.org