The Influence of Gender identity on Risk Behaviour: A Closer Look at Men who have Sex with Men in Africa

Published: January 18, 2010

The Influence of Gender identity on Risk Behaviour: A Closer Look at Men who have Sex with Men in Africa

Men who have sex with men (MSM) are seen as a minority group and regularly experience discrimination and stigmatisation in Africa. Due to the stigmatised nature of MSM in Africa, many struggle with defining their own gender identity and the subsequent disclosure thereof. Identifying the gender identity of males who engage in homosexual activity may assist in better understanding how these males perceive risk behaviour and their vulnerability in society. This is of utmost importance for the fight against HIV & AIDS since HIV infection is mediated by human behaviour.

This CAI brief examines gender identity roles perceived by MSM and how this might influence their risk-taking behaviour. The brief provides insight into recent developments related to MSM HIV-risk perception by society and what can be done for this minority group in the African setting.

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