The HIV epidemic in Ukraine remains concentrated among key communities, including men who have sex with men (MSM) and trans people.
Since February 24, 2022, when the Russian Federation launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine, the needs and demands of both key communities and service providers have changed.
The impact of the war on access to health and rights can only be fully assessed after it is over. However, it is already important to understand what demands are relevant for gay men, MSM, and trans people, what difficulties arise in fulfilling them, how the work of service providers needs to be reformatted, and what support and assistance is requested from international organizations, in particular ECOM — the Eurasian Coalition on Health, Rights, Gender and Sexual Diversity.
In connection with the current situation in Ukraine, the development of an evidence base on the needs and difficulties of gay men, MSM and trans people, and service providers in the country remains a key issue for the further planning of the work of ECOM in the medium (next year or two) and long term (3-5 years).