Services to prevent sexually transmitted infections including HIV among MSM in Bangladesh

Published: August 1, 2008

Services to prevent sexually transmitted infections including HIV among MSM in Bangladesh

Issues: Services for Males who have sex with males and male sex workers (MSM and MSW.)is Vitally needed and need to be improved to prevent HIV infection among MSM communities. 

Description: Bandhu Social Welfare Society (BSWS) is a national non-government organization which is working for communities to provide support and services to males who have sex with males (MSMs) in Bangladesh. In the prevailing socio cultural context of Bangladesh MSMs are discriminated in all sectors. It is observed that male sex workers (MSW) and Hijras do not seek services from the established health facilities and often contact unqualified and unregistered persons and institutions for treatment. Therefore, the issues of male sexual behavior and its impact on reproductive and sexual health of the general population have profound implications for the potential HIV & AIDS epidemic in the country. 

Lessons learned: For better sexual health including provision of low cost STI management, BSWS has been providing clinical services to MSM for several years. It has established several clinics in the urban areas and is providing services to MSM. This paper intends to describe the experience of BSWS in providing services to MSMs and utilization of the services by MSMs. Service statistics and qualitative data suggest that large number of MSMs are utilizing services form these clinics. 

Next steps: Several programmatic issues need to be addressed to improve the care and treatment of the clinics. This will improve the quality of services provided. 

-Abstract can be found at link below-

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