amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research

amfAR's GMT Initiative: Meeting an Urgent Need


In this short video, Dr. Chris Beyrer—a leading authority on HIV among gay men and other men who have sex with men (MSM) worldwide—talks about amfAR’s GMT Initiative and its impact on the fight against HIV/AIDS in the developing world.

The HIV/AIDS pandemic continues to have a devastating effect on gay men, other MSM, and transgender people (collectively, GMT) around the world. In low- and middle-income countries, GMT are 19 times more likely to be living with HIV than the general population and they represent an estimated 10 percent of new infections each year. Yet for decades the epidemic among GMT was officially ignored by governments, donors, and whole societies.

Dr. Beyrer is a professor in the Departments of Epidemiology, International Health, and Health, Behavior and Society at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He is director of the Johns Hopkins Fogarty AIDS International Training and Research Program and founder and director of the Center for Public Health and Human Rights at Johns Hopkins. He also serves as a primary investigator with the Hopkins Center for AIDS Research (JHU CFAR) and as associate director of the Center for Global Health.

Additional GMT Initiative Resources

GMT Initiative Homepage

Achieving an AIDS-Free Generation for Gay Men and Other MSM (Executive Summary)

amfAR Announces New Awards to 13 Organizations in Africa to Fight HIV/AIDS and to Increase Access to Better Health Services

Applying for GMT Initiative Awards

GMT Initiative Award Recipients