Access to Treatment among Women, MSM and IDU in Asia

In 2009, the Asia Pacific Network of People Living with HIV/AIDS (APN+) conducted a networkbased research project aimed to explore the experience of women, men who have sex with men/transgender people (MSM/TG) and injecting drug users (IDUs) living with HIV in accessing ART and other HIV-related healthcare services. Specifically, the study examined the experience of PLHIV with linkages to PLHIV support organizations and services in areas of HIV counselling and testing, ART adherence, treatment for opportunistic infections (OIs) and healthcare providers’ (HCPs) attitude toward the targeted marginalized groups.

Quantitative and qualitative measures were used to help assess the target groups’ experiences. Over 3,000 PLHIV from 10 countries across Asia participated in the research. Participants were recruited through the APN+ national PLHIV networks, PLHIV support groups, local ART clinical centres, MSM and IDU drop-in centres, and drug treatment facilities. Data were collected during the second half of 2008.