The challenges of working with African immigrant MSM in London in the area of HIV/STIs
A. Alimi, African MSM
Naz Project London, Prevention, London, United Kingdom
Issues: Reducing late dignosis of HIV in African MSM in London through community mobilization and outreach
Description: African MSM are amongst the highly infected and affect bt HIV among the rate of infection in the MSM/Gay communities. Researches have shown that with the increasing homophobic laws and very hostile communities, African gay men are funther exposed to risky behaviours, and with the lack of support and information, the rate of transmission is getting faster. Out of fear of persecution, many African MSM, migrated to Europe, where they are faced with the issue of immigration, racism, stigma and discrimination. This further creates psychological, emotional and mental burden, that further leads to stress and denial and refusal to test.
Lessons learned: Working with African MSM, to create a safe place can lead to high uptake of HIV testing that can reduce late dignosis.
Next steps: Try to expand the project Europe wide to help in reducing the prevalence of HIV among African MSM