In the context of recently documented high HIV prevalence among men who have sex with men(MSM) in Thailand, and their projected increasing contribution to the proportion of total new HIVinfections in the country, Family Health International (FHI) and its partners, the Thai Red CrossAIDS Research Centre (TRC/ARC) and the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration Health Center Number 28 (BMA 28), have participated in the
Demonstration HIV Counseling and Testing Project,
targeting MSM. The goal of this project has been to identify service provider site andprogramming barriers as well as personal barriers to accessing HIV counseling and testingamong this population and to use this information to improve counseling and testing services inorder to increase uptake of services among MSM.Service provider attitudes toward men who have sex with men was one of the barriers identifiedin the first phase of the project. This handbook was has been specifically adapted to provideinformation on and build sensitivity and awareness of the sexual health of men who have sexwith men in Thailand. The handbook may be used together with the
Awareness and Sensitivity in the Promotion of Sexual Health among Men who have Sex with Men
, aspart of a training package, or it may be used separately as an information resource.
This handbook was adapted by Dr. Kathleen Casey, FHI Asia and Pacific Regional Office(APRO), and Greg Carl, Thai Red Cross AIDS Research Centre, from the FHI-Vietnam trainingpackage,
Awareness and Sensitivity in the Promotion of Sexual Health among Men who haveSex with Men
.Funding for this work was provided by USAID.