The Global Forum on MSM & HIV (MSMGF)

Working worldwide against HIV for the health and human rights of men who have sex with men.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

MSMGF Convenes Top Influencers in the Global HIV Arena to Develop Bold Strategic Plan of Action Moving Forward

May 26th, 2015 (Oakland, CA)Earlier this month, The Global Forum on MSM & HIV (MSMGF) assembled a think tank of over 50 global influencers for a forecast scenario consultation, marking the start of its Strategic Planning process. The goal: envision the future and inspire creativity, adapting to a rapidly changing environment so as to serve gay men, other men who have sex with men (MSM) and transgender people most effectively and efficiently.
The global HIV landscape is changing at an accelerated pace. Advances in HIV treatment and prevention are promising but challenges still persist due to lack of access, civil rights inequities and other issues facing MSM and transgender people around the world. MSMGF also recognizes opportunities to capitalize on the technology boom to reach more people than ever before in a very direct way using fewer resources.

The 3-day consultation included the leadership of all MSM regional networks, the MSMGF Board and Steering Committee and leadership from both the Youth and Transgender Reference Groups. There was impassioned participation and interaction by activists, researchers, funders and policy makers alike.
Some of the many highlights were presentations on changes at PEPFAR by Cornelius Baker, Civil Society Leadership, Office of Global AIDS Coordination and Health Diplomacy, U.S. State Department, and an overview on the Global Fund to End AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria’ Strategic Framework given by Kate Thompson, the Head of the Critical Enablers and Civil Society Hub. MSMGF will extend Strategic Planning through December 2015 with a final plan presented in early 2016. This process will allow us to consider parallel strategic planning processes already underway in the Global Fund, UNAIDS, UNDP and WHO and better align with them where appropriate.

View a full selection of photos from the event to share and tag on Facebook HERE.

In the coming months, look out for additional opportunities to input into the future strategic direction of MSMGF and partnering towards a shared vision of zero new HIV infections, zero AIDS-related deaths and zero discrimination.

Monday, May 11, 2015


Recommendations For a Public Health Approach

The World Health Organization (WHO) has just released a comprehensive document  aimed at health service policy makers and providers regarding the crucial importance and process of communication around sexuality, sexual health and practices.

Two primary target audiences:

  •  Health service policy-makers who need to plan for the inclusion of Brief Sexuality Communication (BSC) in health services and in performance monitoring systems
  • Decision-makers in health-care provider educational institutions who need to train health-care providers on how to incorporate BSC into their practice. 

From WHO:

“We see this document as an important achievement in the field of sexual health. It is a critical first step within the process that aims to facilitate access to evidence-based sexual health related interventions.”

“Sexual health is gaining more and more attention from public health practitioners and health service providers because of its contribution towards overall health and well-being in both adults and adolescents. Health risks arising from unsafe sexual practices and sexuality-related human rights abuses such as sexual coercion together contribute to the global burden of disease.”
“Both research and consultations over the last decades have identified sexuality-related communication as an issue that requires urgent attention. While clients would like their health-care providers to discuss sexual health concerns, health workers lack the necessary training and knowledge to feel comfortable addressing such issues. There is a lack of clarity in the field as to the role of sexuality communication in primary care.”

The full PDF document from The World Health Organization can be downloaded here:

Friday, May 8, 2015

Successful Engagement of Key Populations in the Global Fund Country Dialogue Process: The Experience of Cameroon

The Global Forum on MSM and HIV (MSMGF) is pleased to share a case study from Cameroon of the successful engagement of key populations advocates in the Global Fund country dialogue process. Under the Global Fund’s New Funding Model (NFM), community participation is required. In Cameroon, the successful engagement of key populations (sex workers, people who use drugs, MSM and transgender people) is a direct result of highly mobilized civil society leadership at the national level, and technical support delivered by the Community Action and Leadership Collaborative (CLAC).

In 2014, the CLAC’s global networks and respective country-level partners facilitated greater participation of key populations advocates and the development of high quality rights-based and evidence-informed activities focused on meeting the needs of key populations and other vulnerable groups in Cameroon. Their experiences can serve as a model for civil society organizations and advocates engaging now in the country dialogue process.

Good practices from the Cameroon experience include:

This process, beginning with community consultations, proved an effective way to ensure active engagement of key populations from the start, and to watchdog and hold stakeholders accountable.

To ensure that all those involved in the response have capacity to ensure that their voices are heard and to enable them to contribute in a meaningful way, the Global Fund is making available technical assistance focused on issues of community, rights and gender. The aim of the Community, Rights and Gender Technical Assistance Program is to ensure that key populations, communities and local civil society organizations are meaningfully engaged in the country dialogue and concept note development processes at the country level.

to access a downloadable PDF case study of the Cameroon experience.

The CLAC is a unique collaboration between AIDS and Rights Alliance for Southern Africa (ARASA), the Global Network of People Living with HIV (GNP+), Global Action for Trans* Equality (GATE), the Global Network of Sex Work Projects (NSWP), the International Network of People Who Use Drugs (INPUD), the International Treatment Preparedness Coalition (ITPC), and hosted by the Global Forum on MSM & HIV (MSMGF).

Thursday, May 7, 2015

MSMGF Appoints Jack Mackenroth as New Senior Communications Officer

Selection Signals Bold New Communications Strategy in the Coming Year

Dr. George Ayala and Jack Mackenroth
The Global Forum on MSM & HIV (MSMGF) appointed HIV activist Jack Mackenroth as its new Senior Communications Officer. Jack will be responsible for implementing the MSMGF’s communications strategy and for ensuring the agency’s brand recognition.  In addition, he will maintain the agency’s commitment to global information exchange and knowledge translation, helping to ensure that advocates and stakeholders working for the health and human rights of men who have sex with men are well supported to continue their respective work.

As a gay man living openly with HIV for over 25 years, Jack is acutely aware of the challenges faced by our communities, including the toll taken by consistent experiences of stigma, discrimination, violence and criminalization. Jack also understands the opportunities that come with recent advancements in the areas of prevention and treatment.

“It’s an exciting time within the HIV community”, notes Mackenroth. "For one, the rapid adoption of PrEP as HIV prevention is the most revolutionary development in the HIV arena since the advent of protease inhibitors. It will have astonishing ramifications regarding transmission, stigma and countless dialogues about HIV. I’m thrilled to be a part of such an amazing organization at the precipice of so much global progress and innovation.”

Jack has been involved with several media campaigns designed to raise awareness and combat stigma and discrimination faced by individuals living with HIV. For several years he was the spokesperson for the HIV education campaign, Living Positive by Design. He was the creative force behind the anti-stigma campaign, HIV Equal. Most recently he conceptualized and launched the HIV Shower Selfie Challenge with the hashtag #weareALLclean on World AIDS Day 2014, which went globally viral in multiple countries.

“We are excited and honored to have Jack join the MSMGF team”, said MSMGF Executive Director, Dr. George Ayala.  “Jack is a tireless advocate who is a role model and inspiration to gay and bisexual men everywhere.” Prior to Jack’s appointment at MSMGF, he served as Media Strategist for Housing Works in New York City.

The Global Forum on MSM and HIV ( is an international advocacy network devoted to ensuring equitable access to effective HIV prevention, care, treatment and support services for gay men and other men who have sex with men (MSM), including men living with HIV, while promoting their sexual health and human rights worldwide. MSMGF works to influence policy through: watchdogging, lobbying, and educating governments and policy makers; conducting or commissioning research; facilitating information exchange; and coordinating strategies through coalitions of activists, service providers, researchers, donors and other stakeholders. We also work to develop communities through the delivery of technical support to front-line community-based organizations and advocates.

Media Contact:
Jack Mackenroth

The Global Forum on MSM & HIV (MSMGF) is an expanding network of AIDS organizations, MSM networks, and advocates committed to ensuring robust coverage of and equitable access to effective HIV prevention, care, treatment, and support services tailored to the needs of gay men and other MSM.