Lesson learned from the community training: “sexual for gay men youth” addressed to health providers
Issues: In Mexico, qualitative studies conducted shows that there is stigma and discrimination in public health settings for this reason there is a need to train health providers how to respond to the needs of gay people. The HIV epidemic shows that MSM continue being the most affected for HIV and other STI.
Description: In 2006, SISEX Estado de Mexico launched the project “We also have rights…the sexual rights” which combines a wide range of activities: needs assessment, community training for gay men youth in risk of HIV and other STI and IEC educational materials development, training for health providers and public policy incidence. There were delivered 10 workshops for health providers using the educational approach “Let´s talk about sexual health with gay men youth”.
Lessons learned: There is a lack of understanding about how stigma and discrimination in public health setting and the need to increase awareness about this social consequences is an imperative among health providers.
Next steps: There are differences in the response to stigma and discrimination pending the range of the health providers. This is a resource to explore in future workshops.
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