AN INTERNATIONAL non-government organisation has launched a telephone hotline to provide advice on sexual and reproductive health to men who have sex with men and sex workers.The hotline (09-7312-2566) is staffed from 9am to 9pm Monday to Friday, said Dr Ya Min Yee, a project site coordinator with Médecins du Monde, which launched the hotline on August 1.

Staff “will answer questions about HIV/AIDS, hepatitis B, C and other sexually transmitted infections as well as medical treatment available in the country”, she said.

“The hotline will help men who have sex with men and sex workers who want to get information anonymously.” Médecins du Monde established its program in Myanmar in 1991 and began HIV/AIDS prevention and medical activities for sex workers and men who have sex with men in Yangon in 1998.

Information on sexual health can also be found at the Médecins du Monde website, www.maung doeywar.com, or by emailing hotlinecounsellor@gmail. com.

According to the Myanmar National Strategic Plan on HIV and AIDS for 2011 to 2015 there are an estimated 224,000 men who have sex with men.