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Prevalence peaks at 25% for the 35-39 age group.16 Stigma and discrimination continues to contribute to the low levels of access to HIV services, with just 50%-75% of men who have sex with men reporting having an HIV test in 2015.

Myanmar (also known as Burma) has a population of 51 million people, of which UNAIDS estimates there were 230,000 people living with HIV in 2016.1 A further 7,800 people died from AIDS-related illnesses in the same year.

Unlike other studies which show that a lack of sexual health knowledge is linked with inconsistent condom use, almost everyone in this study (99%) had previous knowledge of STIs and HIV.

However, while there were varied methods of contraceptives used, only 11.5% of the participants consistently used condoms to protect themselves from infection.

For example, in Waingmaw in Kachin State, HIV prevalence among people who inject drugs was particularly high at 47% during 2014.10 Distribution of drugs from this region also has contributed to new HIV infections developing in more remote areas of the country, providing additional challenges to expanding the coverage of harm reduction and HIV services.11 Currently, less than 50% of people who inject drugs report regular testing for HIV and less than a quarter of those asked in 2016 reported consistent condom use.12 Moreover, under 86% of people who inject drugs report using sterile injection equipment for their last injection.13 HIV prevalence (6.4%) among gay men and other men who have sex with men (sometimes referred to as MSM) has continued to remain a concern in Myanmar, with rates particularly high in many cities and urban areas such as Yangon (26.6%).14 This the highest recorded rate of prevalence for this group in the Southeast Asia region, even higher than Bangkok, Thailand (24.4% ).

Myanmar’s latest National Strategy Plan recognises that these rates are alarming and should present an immediate call to scale up targeted services in high burden geographical locations.15 There appears to be an increased risk of HIV infection within the most sexually active age group (25-49 year olds) where prevalence of HIV is significantly higher than average.

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