Summary Report Rapid situation analysis of men who have sex with men in the Maghreb and Lebanon

Published: January 1, 2005

Summary Report Rapid situation analysis of men who have sex with men in the Maghreb and Lebanon

Introduction

This document presents the results of a rapid situation analysis conducted in 2003 and 2004 by the International HIV/AIDS Alliance (the Alliance) amongst men who have sex with men (MSM)1 in three countries of North Africa – Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia. More informal contacts were also established with some players involved in HIV/AIDS prevention in Lebanon during the same period. The main objective of the rapid situation analysis was to gain a better understanding of the needs of MSM in the Maghreb and Lebanon on a number of different levels – social, sexual, health, emotional, community, economic, etc. – with a view to establishing specific HIV prevention and support programmes. The situation analysis ended in a feedback workshop (in Casablanca) involving some of the people who participated in the survey plus representatives from a number of the region’s HIV/AIDS associations.

As all organisations involved in combating HIV will know, promoting greater awareness of the risk of contracting sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including HIV, during unprotected sex is not easy. This is often all the more true when it is a question of promoting greater awareness amongst members of society who may be stigmatised and discriminated against by virtue of their
sexual practices.

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