New public health recommendations for men who have sex with men and transgender people

WHO and partners launch new public health recommendations today, to help policy-makers and service providers scale up access to treatment and prevention services for HIV and sexually transmitted infections among men who have sex with men (MSM) and transgender people. These are the first global public health guidelines to focus on these groups. European countries helped to develop the recommendations.

The global guidelines are particularly relevant to the WHO European Region, where MSM and transgender people are key populations at higher risk of HIV exposure and infection. HIV in Europe disproportionally affects groups that are socially marginalized and whose behaviour is socially stigmatized. In western and central Europe, MSM accounted for about half of all newly diagnosed HIV infections in 2009.

WHO/Europe will assist European Member States to adopt and adapt these global guidelines in order to halve the number of HIV infections acquired through sexual transmission between men by 2015.