MSM in Africa: highly stigmatised, vulnerable and in need of urgent HIV prevention
Research on men who have sex with men (MSM) in Africa has been limited, although this population is particularly vulnerable to HIV infection. In a study published in the June edition of AIDS, researchers estimate that at least 739 MSM are selling sex to men in and around the city of Mombasa, Kenya – a “sizeable population who urgently need to be targeted by HIV prevention strategies.”
Research and interventions in Africa have largely focused on the heterosexual spread of HIV. Men who have sex with men (MSM) are highly stigmatised and hard to reach. However, it is known that there are male sex workers, including those who sell sex to other men. An ongoing cohort study is investigating MSM who sell sex in and around Mombasa. In this related report, public health researchers from Kenya, Nairobi and elsewhere estimated the total size of this population using a “capture-recapture” methodology.
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