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The Asia Pacific Coalition on Male Sexual Health (APCOM) is a regional coalition of MSM and HIV community-based organisations, the government sector, donors, technical experts and the UN system. The main purpose is advocating for political support and increases in investment and coverage of HIV services in Asia Pacific. APCOM promotes principles of good practice and lessons learnt by bringing together representatives from diverse groups in an effort to share experience, knowledge and expertise.

Defining "MSM"

“Men who have sex with men” (MSM) is an inclusive public health term used to define the sexual behaviours of males having sex with other males, regardless of gender identity, motivation for engaging in sex or identification with any or no particular ‘community’. The words 'man' and 'sex' are interpreted differently in diverse cultures and societies as well as by the individuals involved. As a result, the term MSM covers a large variety of settings and contexts in which male to male sex takes place.

The Goals of APCOM

Increased investment: from governments, donors and civil society groups and communities in appropriate research and effective interventions for HIV prevention, treatment, care and support for men who have sex with men and transgenders in the Asia Pacific region.

Scaled up programmatic, geographic and comprehensive coverage: of HIV prevention, treatment, care and support interventions for men who have sex with men and transgenders in the Asia Pacific.

Strengthen the evidence-base for advocacy, policy development, programming and reducing societal, legal, and institutional obstacles for the above.

Discount Norton Deals In Asia

Symantec has announced that it is going to release some really good Norton deals at the end of February. Apparently, these deals will consist both of promo codes (applicable at checkout) and discount links which will activate a 20% discount. The deals of course will be applicable only to the latest security suite, the Norton Security and its extension version, the norton security with backup. Currently the norton security is priced $89,99 for 1 year and $149,95 for the 2 year software.

Why Is Norton Good For Family Use

Apart  from the new coupon policy Symantec is bringing, Norton suite is good for a family because with one purchase you have complete cover on 5 devices. This means, your PCs, laptop, tablets and smartphones. All with just one price. This is very important since all devices are now almost constantly connencted to the internet.

A good anti-virus software is an integral part of keeping your computer up and running. With how integrated computers have become in our lives, it's now more important than ever that we keep them running as well as we possibly can. So this leads us to Norton 2015, the latest update to the line of Norton Security offerings. In this article I will give you a comprehensive review of this software, listing what it is capable of and giving you an idea of whether or not Norton is the correct anti-virus program for you.

Backup Feature

The most important new feature from Norton this year is the ability to back up files that have the potential to be ruined by a virus or malware. For the sum of $10 dollars, Norton will offer you the option of backing up all of your files that you need to protect to the cloud. Norton offers 25 GB of storage at this price point, which will be more than enough to back up your family photos or scans of important documents. If you choose to purchase this software, it is highly recommended that you take this offer. Nothing is worse than losing years of memories or tax forms due to a malware or technology issue.

Design and Simplicity

Norton has vastly up their game in this area this year compared to some of their previous editions. Instead of a three tiered approach to selling their anti-virus software, which can confuse customers who aren't particularly computer savvy, Norton 2015 come in one edition. I found that the design of Norton this year was a lot more intuitive than it has ever been before. Gone are the days of wading through menu after menu trying to find the way to change the scan time, or configure allowed programs and extenders. Norton has also made it easier than ever before to activate a scan manually, this is great if when you accidentally download malware or spyware such as BoBrowser.


This year, Norton is offering their security and anti-virus software for $80. The price point for the features that they offer could be better, but the customer support more than makes up for it. While there are open source anti-virus programs, having a person who is able to talk to you and guide you through any questions or concerns that you may have is almost invaluable. And with the ability to upgrade your package for 10 dollars to include a 25 GB cloud service, Norton loses more than earns their price tag this year.

User Reviews

Most users reported being very pleased with Norton Security 2015. Some complained that it slowed down their computers more than what they believe that it should have, but other customers reported no such issues. Apart from that, users haven't commonly lodged any complaints with the software.

Who Is This Product For

Norton 2015 is for people who either aren't that good with computers, or just want a hassle free anti-virus program. There are other anti-virus programs out there that reach Norton's level of features at a comparable price, but most of them do not have such a comprehensive and competent customer support. So if you want an anti-virus program with the option to just set it and forget it, look no further than Norton 2015.


If you're interested in purchasing Norton for your anti-virus needs, here is a link where you can find norton's special deals and get you a better price; or you can visit the company's site and enroll yourself into their regular updates they give to their customers. If you are a current norton user and you want to renew your subscription from one of the older internet security products, you are eligible of a discount, as well, and you and download the new software.

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Reason for choosing Vitacost

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Products of Vitacost

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Vitamins and supplements

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You can trust multi-vitamins and other supplements of the business for the reason that all products are manufactured to the completely highest standards of quality, safety and efficiency. Besides the assured quality, the supplements of the business offer outstanding value when compared to the products of other businesses in the industry.

Food products 

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Their foods and snacks are prepared from first-rate, natural constituents. When you procure these products from them, you have no necessity to worry about mystifying chemicals, unpronounceable ingredients, or counterfeit flavors.

Beauty products 

Vitacost offers customers an extensive collection of beauty products for bath and body, anti-aging, hair and essential oils. The unique feature of these products is that all of their products are egg free, paraben free, non-GMO and hypoallergenic, such that they will enhance your beauty rather than damaging the existing beauty. 

Customer reviews

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Vitacost 10 off

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Live Superfoods Produces In Asia

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I was really impressed with this site and was looking for ways to save money; I found the livesuperfoods.com coupon after subscribing to the website. I found I could get 20% discount coupons online which can apply to all the products in the e-shop. This was one of the great things that can be found on the site. I also found I could get free shipping on my orders over $49.

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Performer at World AIDS Day event in Kuala Lumpur
Participants from the Pacific at 200 Forum in Bali
MSM CBO street activity in Nepal

Advocacy in Action

Moving from sheer quantity to queer quality:

Emerging HIV and social research issues among MSM and transgender people

By Roy Wadia for APCOM (from Busan, South Korea)

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Presentation by Jeffrey Grierson (click to see PDF version)
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Presentation by Jan Willem de Lind van Wijngaarden (click to see PDF version)
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Presentation by Dr. Thomas Guadamuz (click to see PDF version)
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Presentation by Dr. Hoang Tu Anh (click to see PDF version)
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APCOM showcases significant research studies at ICAAP 10 symposium aimed at better understanding the lives of men who have sex with men and the factors that put them at risk

The Asia Pacific Coalition on Male Sexual Health has showcased significant studies into HIV and social issues among men who have sex with men and transgender persons at the 10th ICAAP, bringing together prominent researchers in this field to share findings with a wider audience including United Nations officials and policymakers, along with HIV prevention, care and support practitioners.

The symposium “Moving from Sheer Quantity to Queer Quality” featured four studies from four countries (click on each title to download the presentation in PDF):
  1. Building strategic research with MSM/LSL communities in Indonesia: Dr. Jeffrey Grierson, Senior Research Fellow, La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia.
  2. Qualitative research on adolescent MSM and TG in Pakistan: Implications for programming of sexual health and social support interventions: Conducted for UNAIDS and UNICEF in Pakistan by La Trobe University doctoral candidate Jan Willem de Lind van Wijngaarden who also leads APCOM’s Social Research Advisory Group.
  3. Beyond Numbers: Contextual understanding of HIV risks among adolescents in Thailand: Dr. Thomas Guadamuz and colleagues, Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand. [Ed. note: This presentation has been slightly altered from original.]
  4. Gender-based violence against MSM in Viet Nam: Dr. Hoang Tu Anh and colleagues, Center for Creative Initiatives in Health and Population (CCIHP), Ha Noi, Viet Nam.
Q. Is there a growing body of work related to MSM/TG and HIV issues, and what are the main themes addressed across the spectrum? I would say that some interesting work is occurring at the moment, but it is often done by individuals doing Master’s or PhD theses, in isolation from people who may have a need for this information in their work.

Unfortunately social research is too often seen as an add-on, not as a key and integral part of the design and implementation of comprehensive HIV prevention, care and support programs for MSM and TG. The result is that programs are not as effective as they could be, simply because we do not deeply understand the lives of the people we are targeting.

Q. What is the challenge in translating the findings of social research on MSM/TG and HIV issues into concrete work plans and blueprints for action? How can social research connect with epidemiological and other more "technical" research?  And is it being done?  

MORE...complete story here.

Speeches, protests and one very personal story: Laurindo Garcia gives voice to HIV at 10th ICAAP Opening Ceremony

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Laurindo and author of this article, Roy

By Roy Wadia
August 27, 2011

Busan, South Korea -- Like all opening ceremonies at global conferences, the inauguration of the 10th International Congress on AIDS in Asia and the Pacific wasn’t short on speeches or pomp and circumstance. South Korean officials welcomed the 2000 or so delegates. The UNAIDS chief Michel Sidibe reiterated his organisation’s advocacy and “zero vision” statement, supported by Nafis Sadik, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy on HIV/AIDS in Asia and the Pacific. Officials from the World Health Organisation, the Global Fund and the Asian Development Bank made remarks that complimented and complemented each other. There was a moment of drama when protesters interrupted the South Korean Health Ministry’s address, demanding that the government take concrete steps to address debilitating discrimination against the LGBT community, ensure that trade agreements wouldn’t sacrifice universal access to anti-retroviral medication, and a host of other long-simmering issues.

Towards the end of a long evening at the BEXCO conference center in this Korean port city, two speakers representing civil society delivered the “Community Report,” representing the range of communities particularly affected by HIV – including sex workers, women, youth, migrants, people who use drugs, transgender people and men who have sex with men.  Rishita Nandagiri of the Women’s Global Network for Reproductive Rights spoke of issues that are the focus of her coalition, as well as the need for the creation of “safe spaces” for civil society to express itself, for vulnerable populations to be decriminalized and for all marginalized communities to be included as part of the decision-making process on matters pertaining to their health and empowerment.

And then it was the turn of Nandagiri’s co-presenter, a tall, slender young man.  “Anyong haseyo. Good evening friends. My name is Laurindo Garcia, I am Filipino, working as coordinator of two regional networks for men who have sex with men and transgender people, and the Founder of B-Change Foundation.”

See the complete news story here.

Download the full text of Laurindo Garcia's speech (PDF).

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Laurindo speaking live as seen on conference monitors
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APCOM members with Laurindo and UNAIDS Director Michele Sidibe
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Laurindo and Rishita Nandagiri after Opening Ceremony
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From the Governing Board

Shivananda Khan

Evidence of the increasing HIV burden that MSM are carrying is finally coming to light, and is now beginning to influence policy making. At last, some governments, donors, and the UN system are taking leadership in scaling up effective responses. A window of opportunity exists in the region right now, and APCOM intends to make a concerted effort to ensure MSM are included in the drive for universal access.

Shivananda is the APCOM Chairperson and Chief Executive of Naz Foundation International and works from their Regional Office in Lucknow, India.

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We, at Hivos, believe in the power of organisations like APCOM, in which a broad coalition works together to improve the situation of MSM and TG in Asia Pacific. We believe that the work APCOM is doing can bring the change that is needed and are proud to support and be part of this important and exciting process.

Paul is the Programme Officer for LGBT Rights and MSM-HIV for Hivos, an APCOM donor partner, and serves as a Donor Sector Representitive on the Board.