This brief describes an evaluation that assessed the impact of a peer-driven intervention for young men who have sex with men (MSM) in Myanmar, designed to improve the sexual health and rights of this marginalized community. The intervention and evaluation activities were conducted as part of Link Up, a global consortium led by the International HIV/AIDS Alliance aimed at improving sexual and reproductive health and rights among young vulnerable communities in Africa and Asia. In collaboration with the Burnet Institute, the Population Council–led evaluation study sought to assess whether the Link Up intervention improved sexual and health-seeking behaviors, and whether it reduced perceived stigma by MSM in healthcare settings. Both the quantitative and qualitative findings of the evaluation support the fact that peer educators played an important role in acting as referral agents and ultimately increasing MSM’s health-seeking behaviors. These findings suggest that the Link Up project was successful at integrating peer outreach and clinic-based components, and at building capacity of clinics to provide MSM-friendly services.
Population Council. 2016. "An integrated peer outreach and clinic-based intervention to improve the sexual health of young men who have sex with men in Myanmar: A Link Up evaluation," Link Up Study Brief. Washington, DC: Population Council.