APLA Health & MPact
MPact Global Action for Gay Men’s Health and Rights (MPact) is an expanding network of advocates and other experts in health, human rights, research, and policy, working to ensure an effective response to HIV among gay men and other men who have sex with men. APLA Health currently provides MPact with administrative and fiscal support. MPact is based in Oakland, CA with George Ayala, PsyD as executive director.
MPact was founded in 2006 as The Global Forum on MSM & HIV (MSMGF) by an international group of activists who were concerned about the disproportionate HIV burden being shouldered by gay and bisexual men. MPact works at the intersection of sexual health and human rights, and is linked to more than 120 community-based organizations in 62 countries who are leading innovative solutions to the challenges faced by key populations around the world.
Learn more at mpactglobal.org.
MPact envisions a world where the health and human rights of all men who have sex with men are actively recognized, realized, and respected.
MPact Mission Statement
To advocate for equitable access to effective HIV prevention, care, treatment, and support services for gay men and bisexual men, including those living with HIV, while promoting their health and human rights worldwide.
In all of our work, MPact foregrounds the values of human rights, self-determination, and working in coalition. We employ approaches that are community-led, strengths-based, sex positive, critically reflexive, evidence informed, and results oriented. By integrating these values into our policy, programs, research, and communications strategies, we strive to combine the full range of contributions generated by our constituents with methods that achieve smart, effective, and cost-efficient outcomes.