Secret gay sex fuels HIV spread in Africa

Published: May 30, 2010

Secret gay sex fuels HIV spread in Africa

"In Africa, HIV prevalence is high in young women and that’s the picture we have of what’s driving the epidemic," Professor Salim Abdool Karim, director of HIV/Aids research institution Caprisa, told the M2010 Microbicides conference this week.

"What’s been forgotten is the hidden side of the epidemic, since same-sex relationships are criminalised in 37 out of 54 countries in sub-Saharan Africa.

"In reality, HIV is really common among gay men throughout Africa. We simply don’t talk about it."

The scientists at the conference, in Pittsburgh in the US, said a rectal microbicide could help reduce infections.

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