Study on the prevention needs of men who have sex with men in the town of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
Background: Burkina Faso is one of the countries most stricken by HIV/ AIDS (2%). Men who have sex with men constitute a group more at risk to contract HIV /AIDS infection due to the fact that they are not targeted by prevention, treatment, and HIV/AIDS testing actions.
Methods: An exploratory and descriptive study carried out within a population of 62 men who have sex with men in the city of Ouagadougou.
Results: The interviewed men were aged between 18 and 44 with an average age of 27.7
53% (33 from 62 men) are bachelors and 11 are married with 2 being polygamous. The literacy level is very low (14.5%) are illiterate, 43.5% have primary school level). Average awareness of HIV contamination and prevention modes (77.4%).
The majority of the interviewed men have got many sex partners (71%) have had more than 10 sexual partners over these last three months). 60% of the interviewed are bisexual. Low use of condoms (only 10% said to have used a condom). In the end, the MSM have a negative habit With regard to STDs and HIV /AIDS prevention facilities.
MSM needs include psychological assistance and the access to STDs and HIV prevention and care and support tools.
Conclusions: Low level of male homosexuals’ awareness about STDs and HIV/AIDS. High frequency of sexual intercourses and high number of sexual partners among the majority of MSM. Lack of prevention focussed on the specific needs of this group. The need for developing targeted prevention actions in favour of this group.