Information and communications technologies: Engaging the private sector and communities in HIV programmes with gay men and other men who have sex with men
According to the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), information and communication technology (ICT) represents an important resource for enhancing the reach and effectiveness of HIV programming, as gay men and other men who have sex with men already use ICT to facilitate many kinds of interactions. However, the scale-up of public–private partnerships with respect to ICT is underexplored: The public and private sectors often work separately with regard to ICT and HIV messaging, or their relationship rarely goes beyond banner ads in apps and on websites. This report shares the discussions and insights to emerge from a 2-day (May 2015) action-oriented consultation that convened implementers, researchers, advocates, and experts in the area of utilising new media technologies to deliver HIV prevention and care messages among gay men and other men who have sex with men. It was organised by UNAIDS in collaboration with the Global Forum on Men Who have Sex with Men and HIV (MSMGF), the LINKAGES project, and the Health Policy Project (both of which are supported by the United States Agency for International Development, or USAID).