HIV testing among young men who have sex with men in Myanmar

This project involves a secondary data analysis using data from an evaluation study of the Link-Up project - a global HIV and sexual reproductive health project led by the International HIV/AIDS Alliance.

In Myanmar, the project implemented combined community-based peer education and clinic-based service improvement interventions to enhance the sexual and reproductive health of young men who have sex with men (MSM) in Myanmar.

In partnership with the Population Council, the Burnet Institute conducted a study to evaluate the impacts of the interventions. Data from the evaluation study was used to examine the prevalence and factors associated with HIV testing uptake among young MSM in Myanmar.

We found that 60 percent of young MSM in Myanmar associated with the HIV testing uptake have:

  • ever tested for HIV
  • self reported sexual identity (gay/non-gay self-identified MSM)
  • HIV related knowledge
  • a number of male sexual partners.

Having access to, and use of, non-HIV health related services and reported high self-efficacy increased the likelihood of young MSM testing for HIV.

Integrated HIV testing and prevention services targeting young MSM can help to increase HIV testing coverage among this population and contributes to a sustainable control of the HIV epidemic among MSM in Myanmar.


June 2016 - December 2017


Population Council, USA.


This study was funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs through a subcontract from the International HIV/AIDS Alliance under the Link Up project.

Contact Details

For any general enquiries relating to this project, please contact:

Doctor Minh Duc Pham

Senior Research Officer