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WHO issues its first guidelines on HIV in men who have sex with men

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 22 June 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d3940
  1. John Zarocostas
  1. 1Geneva

The World Health Organization has issued its first public health guidelines on the prevention and treatment of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections among men who have sex with men and transgender people. The aim of the guidelines is to try to reduce new infections and increase access to essential services for people in these high risk groups.

Despite the high burden of disease among these groups, the world’s response to HIV among these groups has been insufficient, WHO says.

Men who have sex with men are nearly 20 times as likely to be infected with HIV than the general population, and infection rates among transgender …

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