MSM are part of the active file of PLWHA monitored by the organization AAS in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

Published: July 20, 2010

MSM are part of the active file of PLWHA monitored by the organization AAS in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

A.S. Traoré, P. Koblavi, I. Tiendrbeogo

Association African Solidarité, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

Background: Same-sex practices are still taboo, but yet a reality in Africa. But many African countries do not have any HIV prevention policy towards men who have sex with men (MSM). MSM mostly live underground, in such conditions that they have unsafe practices. They lack access to prevention material (condoms, lubricants), and to appropriate HIV and STIs care services. The HIV prevalence is rather high in the gay community in Burkina Faso : 7 out of 108 MSM who did their HIV test at the AAS clinic were positive.

Methods: AAS is an organization providing PLWHA with prevention, medical and psychological care services. It also runs a prevention program and a program of management of STIs among MSM. The program employs a coordinator, 5 facilitators, and 20 peer educators working in 5 areas of Ouagadougou. Each area being under the responsibility of one leader. The program first started with the mapping of places where MSM meet in the city of Ouagadougou. Then peer educators started outreach activities (awareness campaign and distribution of condoms and lubricants). They also refer MSM to the organization for care services.

Results: In total, 288 MSM were sensitized in the AAS clinic, 13,350 condoms, 1813 female condoms and 14,200 lubricants were distributed. Peer educators have reached 1139 MSM, among which 388 were new contacts. 117 MSM received free medical consultations and were treated for STIs.

Conclusions: This project has had much impact in the lives of MSM in Ouagadougou, as a framework for exchange is available to them. Lubricants and condoms are available for free.

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