Men who have sex with other men – an approach to their self-image

Published: August 1, 2008

Men who have sex with other men – an approach to their self-image

Men who have Sex with other Men (MSM) are the most afeccted group by the epidemic in Cuba and also in our province; that is why this project was conceived. Its objectives are aimed at characterizing their self-image and exploring what emotional impact has this self-image in the studied group so that the results could be taken as a referent in order to educate or strengthen in a long-term those aspects which wound their identity as a group likewise their social projection, increasing in this way the risk os their sexual behaviours and becoming them more vulnerable to HIV/AIDS. It was taken 50 MSM who live in Pinar del Río City as a sample. The followed research methodology was the qualitative one using the drama and debate as tecniques and processing the obtained information by means of a content analysis. The applied methodology made the search of a descriptive and analytic knowledge as detailed as possible easier and constituted a dynamic process which allowed to trap the individual from his experiencies, appeal to his feelings and become the activity essentially educational. This research will support future projects directed towards strengthening the self-esteem and the belonging feeling, educating in some way the identity and enriching the self-image of this social group. The achieved results showed that Men who have Sex with other Men (MSM) have a low self-esteem and perceive the partner relation as their motivational referent. They also perceive themselves with principally negative feautures and involved in situations which are not too much developing focused in the sexual activity mainly. MSM do not show any proud because of their belonging to this group and their feelings to their sel-image are basically related to dissatisfaction.

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