The Overlooked Epidemic: Addressing HIV Prevention and Treatment among Men Who Have Sex with Men in Sub-Saharan Africa (Pdf)

Published: May 14, 2008

The Overlooked Epidemic: Addressing HIV Prevention and Treatment among Men Who Have Sex with Men in Sub-Saharan Africa

Globally, less than one out of 20 men who have sex with men (MSM) has access to HIV prevention
and care.1 This is evident in much of the developing world—and in Africa in particular—where the
stigmatization, discrimination, and criminalization of homosexual behavior persists, and where the
existence of MSM has been publicly denied at all levels including by some heads of state. As a result,
the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) has declared that: “Faced with legal
or social sanctions, men having sex with men are either excluded from, or exclude themselves from,
sexual health and welfare agencies because they fear being identifi ed as homosexual.”2 In addition, even when MSM are aware of general HIV prevention interventions, misconceptions about the risk of their own sexual practices may preclude them from accessing services. Moreover, HIV service providers are not always trained or equipped to meet the specifi c prevention and treatment needs of MSM.

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