Bangkok, Thailand this week hosted the Regional Meeting on Community-based HIV Testing this week.
The Asia Pacific Coalition on Male Sexual Health (APCOM) joined with other groups to hold the conference to highlight that health officials in the Asian region needed to do more to gather information on testing rates among at risk groups – particularly transgender women and men who have sex with men (MSM). APCOM say many public health professionals are concerned by the large numbers of men who have sex with men and transgender people in Asia not accessing HIV testing and counseling, and are concerned there is little real data available on the scale of the problem, or the reasons behind it.
The groups estimate over half of the LGBTs living with HIV in Asia do not know they have the virus, with many only diagnosed once they are hospitalized. Only 44 % of people in need in Asia had access to HIV treatments in 2011.