amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research

Global Consultation on MSM and HIV/AIDS Research


In an effort to examine current understanding of HIV/AIDS among men who have sex with men (MSM), identify gaps in knowledge, and develop a roadmap for future research, amfAR brought together more than 40 experts from around the world to Washington, D.C., on September 28-29, 2008, for a global research consultation on HIV/AIDS and MSM.  Participants represented a range of disciplines, including epidemiology, biomedicine, social and behavioral science, and human rights.


 MSM Report Cover 

amfAR has published a report of the proceedings, which includes an overview of the discussions as well as recommended steps for moving forward to gain a better understanding of how best to address the needs of MSM around the world. 

A copy of the report (in PDF format) is available by clicking here. 


Plenary Presentations

At the start of the meeting, distinguished researchers acknowledged as experts in their respective fields gave 15-minute plenary presentations providing an overview of state-of-the-art knowledge in five areas.

Copies of the PowerPoint presentations (in PDF format) that accompanied each plenary are available below. 

  1. HIV/AIDS Among MSM: The Epidemiology and Surveillance Research Agenda
    Chris Beyrer MD, MPH, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
    Downloadable Plenary Slides 

  2. Biomedical Interventions Among Men Who Have Sex With Men
    Jorge Sanchez, MD, MPH, Inmensa, Lima, Peru
    Downloadable Plenary Slides 

  3. Legal Frameworks and Human Rights in Relation to Sexual Diversity: Implications for Research
    Carlos F. Cáceres, MD, PhD, Universidad Cayetano Heredia, Lima, Peru
    Downloadable Plenary Slides 

  4. HIV Prevention in MSM: The Role of Social Science
    Susan Kippax, PhD, National Centre in HIV Social Research, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
    Downloadable Plenary Slides 

  5. Behavioral Practices Research Priorities
    Thomas J. Coates, PhD, University of California, Los Angeles
    Downloadable Plenary Slides