Paradoxically, it may be more challenging for APCOM to draw attention to the MSM HIV issue.
Despite MSM having higher infection rates than the general adult population, the financial investment for HIV prevention, care and support services for this marginalized group across the Asia Pacific is abysmally low in national HIV and AIDS programme planning, usually between zero and four percent,'' says Shivananda Khan, APCOM Chairperson and CEO of Naz Foundation International.
We hope that the work of APCOM, and its strength in bringing together representatives from governments, the UN system, donors and NGOs side by side with affected communities will finally make the difference in creating a truly regional strategy to address the MSM HIV crisis -- and yes, even though it's an overused word or sounds like a clichA[umlaut]A[bar], this is a crisis, make no mistake about that.
As governments and health partners across the Asia Pacific wake up to the realization that national HIV prevention strategies must include a significant MSM component, APCOM and its partners stand ready to support and strengthen such approaches.
With the multisectoral strength that APCOM provides, we are poised to finally reach out to MSM groups in a way that hasn't been possible before.
A concept that grew out of the mounting HIV crisis in MSM populations across the Asia Pacific, APCOM was formally launched in July 2007.
The companies are: APCOM, Incorporated; Celerity Systems Incorporated; Acceleration Systems Incorporated; and Digital Telecom Incorporated.
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DTI), located in Damascus, Maryland, which markets the products and services of APCOM and CSI domestically and internationally.
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