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Men who Have Sex with Men: An Introductory Guide for Health Workers in Africa

Men who Have Sex with Men: An Introductory Guide for Health Workers in Africa

 

Background
Male-to-male sexual contact has been consistently shown to be an important contributing factor to the HIV epidemic. High rates of HIV infections occur among MSM in low and middle-income countries. This appears to be partly driven by persistant stigma and discrimination. The lack of specific and appropriate prevention strategies has failed to make a positive impact on curbing the spread of HIV among MSM. In many African countries there is little recognition by policymakers of this risk group. In some countries, laws banning male-to-male sexual contact exist and are enforced. Poor advocacy, the lack of research and poor programming for MSM communities continues.

Currently there are limited counsellor or health provider training materials which address MSM specific health needs; the risks for HIV infection or the anal acquisition of STIs in sub-Saharan Africa.

 

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