Country context: HIV in Mongolia
Mongolia is classified as a low prevalence HIV country, with an estimated 650 people living with HIV (PLHIV). Of these, 32% (208) are aware of their status, and 28% (187) are on life-long antiretroviral therapy. Men who have sex with men make up 50% of PLHIV, while there are no reported diagnoses among people who inject drugs and female sex workers. However, it is worth noting that the most recent data collection efforts specifically targeting key populations occurred in 2014. This highlights a need for the collection of more up to date strategic information to shape targeted HIV prevention programs.
Furthermore, sex work and HIV transmission or exposure are criminalised in Mongolia, and key populations suffer high levels of social stigma and discrimination. These barriers will need to be addressed to ensure effective engagement of key populations in HIV treatment and prevention.
Youth for Health Centre
Youth for Health advocates for the human rights of sexual minority groups in Mongolia. They have been involved in a range of projects working towards creating enabling environments for HIV and STI prevention, and collect and distribute strategic information pertaining to the behaviours and needs of marginalised key populations. They have particularly strong links with MSM and transgender communities, and stand as firm advocates for creating access to PrEP as a core tool in Mongolia’s HIV prevention strategy.