amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research

Lessons from the Front Lines: A Report on GMT Community Responses to HIV

Since 2007, amfAR’s GMT Initiative has provided technical and financial support to community organizations working to combat HIV among GMT in low- and middle-income countries. In our latest Lessons from the Front Lines report, we outline some of the most successful community-led research studies our grantee partners have implemented to improve HIV testing, treatment, and awareness among GMT in five regions—Africa, Asia-Pacific, the Caribbean, Eastern Europe and Central Asia, and Latin America. These GMT Initiative-supported studies also provide data and information about GMT that is lacking in many areas of the world where the population is highly marginalized and often criminalized.

Engaging community organizations in the design, implementation, analysis, and presentation of research studies is essential to their success. The organizations highlighted in the report have used the study results not only to improve their own programming, but also to successfully urge governments, donors, and health systems to increase the effectiveness of their HIV services for GMT. Lessons learned from these formative studies are also helping amfAR support “implementation science” research to develop scalable intervention models that will truly impact the HIV epidemic among GMT populations worldwide.

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