HIV prevalence among men who have sex with men is particularly high across urban areas.10 cities such as Bangkok in Thailand, Yangon in Myanmar and Yogyakarta in Indonesia have estimated HIV prevalence rates of between 20% and 29%.
Across the region it has been found that men who have sex with men are becoming infected by HIV at a young age. One study carried out in Bangkok found that HIV incidence among those aged 18 to 21 was more than double the incidence when compared to men over 30. Around half of all men who have sex with men in the region are under 25. However, HIV prevention and testing services were reaching fewer young men who have sex with men and they reported lower condom use than their older counterparts.
It's important to let young people know what they are really facing. The fact is that HIV is something that we need to face together and in order to fight it , it's essential to talk freely about what's going on. Most importantly accept that people will be having sex, even when they're not married, yet. Let's keep informing ourselves and others about how important it is to always have safe sex.