Q&A Session 2

Key Populations = Key Solutions: Launch of M-Coalition, the First Regional Entity Working on HIV Among Men who have Sex with Men in the Arab Region

While the common understanding is that the Arab region is considered to have low HIV prevalence, epidemiological data shows that men who have sex with men (MSM) are disproportionately represented in HIV infection rates. Several Arab countries have started implementing activities targeting key affected populations including MSM, however the coverage and the impact of such activities remains insufficient.

This session will provide an outline of the HIV epidemic among MSM in the Middle East and North Africa region, and look at some innovative projects such as the establishment of men´s health clinics which provide a package of services including HIV testing and counselling, education and treatment for positive men, psycho-social support and referrals to MSM friendly-practitioners. The audience will provide input into mapping the way forward for a regional coalition of actors working on MSM’s health and human rights issues.

Presenters:       
  • Johnny Tohme, Arab Foundation for Freedoms and Equality, M-Coalition, Director; Lebanon
  • Diana Abou Abbas, Marsa-Sexual Health Center, Manager; Lebanon      
  • Mohcin Harri, Al Borj Clinic, Coordinator; Morocco
  • Saja Michael, M-Coalition, Co-Chair; Lebanon
  • Badr Baabou, Tunisian Association for the Fight Against STDs and AIDS, Coordinator;
    Tunisia

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