Barriers to accessing HIV services among men who have sex with men (MSM) in Malaysia: What are the implications for overseas-born Asian MSM living in Australia?

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A photo of Dr Howie Lim A lunchtime seminar from Dr Howie Lim, presented by ARCSHS with La Trobe Asia. Several recent studies show that incident HIV infection among gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men (MSM) in Australia is falling. While this significant development in the HIV epidemic is to be celebrated, it appears that not all sections of the population are benefitting in the same way.

Wednesday 17 October 2018 01:00 pm until Wednesday 17 October 2018 02:00 pm (Add to calendar)
ARCSHS Event Staff; 9479 8700
Presented by:
Dr Howie Lim
Type of Event:
Public Lecture; Seminar/Workshop/Training
Free (no RSVP required)

Data from the Melbourne Sexual Health Centre demonstrate that Asian-born MSM were four times more likely to be diagnosed with incident HIV infection than Australian-born men, which could be explained by a host of structural and social factors.

While research is currently underway with MSM here in Australia to better understand their HIV risk and healthcare engagement related behaviors, there is much that can be learned about the HIV related needs of Asian-born MSM from research conducted in their countries of origin.

Dr. Lim will present findings from the social behavioral studies he conducted in Malaysia where same-sex behaviors are criminalized. Numerous challenges to reach and promote sexual health in a hidden population has resulted in rising HIV epidemic in this population. Dr. Lim will also draw on findings from other cross-cultural studies and discuss the implications for future studies or efforts to target a culturally and linguistically diverse group of MSM who travel to Australia for work, study, or to enjoy greater freedom as sexual minorities.

Dr. Howie Lim is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Social and Preventive Medicine of the Faculty of Medicine of University of Malaya. He is the lead investigator of social science research at the Centre of Excellence for Research in AIDS (CERiA) of University of Malaya. He earned his doctorate in epidemiology from the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Lim’s research interests include social determinants of health disparities among vulnerable populations and developing interventions to reduce the health disparities. His past research has focused on substance use, sexual risk behaviours among MSM, barriers to and facilitators of accessing HIV prevention and treatment services among Malaysian MSM. Dr Lim is currently a La Trobe Asia Visiting Fellow with the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health & Society.


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