amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research

“Major Commitments” Highlight amfAR’s Work With GMT in 2012

The year saw a substantial step forward for research and policy focused on HIV among GMT.

The last twelve months have seen a substantial step forward for research and policy focused on HIV among gay men, other MSM, and transgender individuals (GMT). The year started with historic momentum, coming on the heels of major commitments from Secretary Clinton and President Obama, and continued with significant milestones including PEPFAR’s Blueprint for an AIDS-Free Generation, the findings from the Global Commission on HIV and the Law, the Lancet  Special Issue on MSM and HIV, and the FDA’s approval of Truvada for HIV prevention. Unfortunately, 2012 was also filled with harsh reminders of the stigma, discrimination, and violence faced by GMT throughout the world. 

Below is a list of amfAR’s original research, grant making, and reporting specific to GMT in 2012. This is part of our ongoing effort to bring greater attention to the needs of GMT worldwide and to ensure that these men and women are not excluded from global progress on HIV.

In 2013, we are committed to ensuring that smart policy becomes effective practice and we look forward to working with our community of partners to make that happen.


Original Research and Reporting

Achieving an AIDS-Free Generation for Gay Men and Other MSM: Financing and implementation of HIV programs targeting MSM (link) – with the Center for Public Health and Human Rights, Johns Hopkins University, and Ford Foundation

Health Affairs: Assessing the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relieffull issue 

  • Countries Where HIV Is Concentrated Among Most-At-Risk Populations Get Disproportionately Lower Funding from PEPFAR (link)
  • Four Principles for Expanding PEPFAR’s Role as a Vital Force in US Health Diplomacy Abroad (link)

Lancet Special Issue on MSM and HIVfull issue 

  • From personal survival to public health: community leadership by men who have sex with men in the response to HIV (link)
  • A call to action for comprehensive services for men who have sex with men (link)

Lessons from the Front Lines: Political Impact and Systems Change (link)

SAHARA Special Issue: Key Populations in Africafull issue 

  • Demand for programs for key populations in Africa from countries receiving international donor assistance (link)


New Resources

Respect, Protect, Fulfill:  Best practices guidance in conducting HIV research with gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (MSM) in rights-constrained environments (link) – with IAVI, UNDP, and the Center for Public Health and Human Rights, Johns Hopkins University

Fundraising Toolkit:  A Resource for HIV-Related Community-Based Projects Serving Gay, Bisexual, and other Men who have Sex with Men (MSM) and Transgender Individuals in Low- and Middle-Income Countries (link, available in English, Spanish, and Russian) – with translation support from Elton John AIDS Foundation, UNDP, and the Eurasian Commission on Male Health


Support for Front-Line Initiatives

In 2012, the GMT Initiative (formerly the MSM Initiative), coordinated by amfAR , provided $893,162 in direct financial support to 52 community-based organizations to implement programming, conduct community-led research, evaluate effective models, and advocate for greater inclusion of GMT issues at the local and national levels. All of these organizations are working to reduce the spread and impact of HIV among GMT. In addition to amfAR, financial support for the GMT Initiative is provided by the Aids Fonds Netherlands, Elton John AIDS Foundation, the Levi Strauss Foundation, and ViiV Healthcare Positive Action.