On July 12-14, 2009, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) held an expert consultation in Panama City, Panama, to develop concrete recommendations for a regional multi-component action plan to address health needs and demands of the men who have sex with men (MSM) population. Eli Coleman PhD, on behalf of PHS, was invited to participate and facilitate part of the meeting. In addition, PHS postdoctoral fellow, Cesar Gonzales, PhD, was also invited to share his expertise in HIV prevention among MSM and transgender populations. The objective of the consultation was to analyze factors and situations associated with health problems, social hardship, and poor quality of living among gay and bisexual men, and other MSM in Latin America. Participants proposed a set of urgently needed interventions to meet the sexual health needs of MSM, including prevention of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections. Forty participants were invited from all regions of the Americas with particular emphasis on experts from Latin America and the Caribbean including UN agencies in charge of the MSM/sexual diversity; experts in provision of HIV/STI, sexual health, mental health or addiction services to MSM populations; and experts in development of health services for specific target populations. In order to activate these strategies throughout Latin American and the Caribbean PAHO will outline consultation recommendations technical document that is forthcoming.
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