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The site came about after South Africa’s Health4Men, an innovative project of the Anova Health Institute, partnered with the International HIV/AIDS Alliance in 2013 to roll out a comprehensive education programme for MSM in Africa.
This has already resulted in health workers from several Eastern African countries being trained to address the sexual health needs of MSM.
“Specific MSM medical competence has already been developed in these countries but due to often hostile environments, in many instances including criminalisation of male-to-male sex, has resulted in a lack of localised relevant information being freely available to MSM themselves,” said Prof James McIntyre, CEO of Anova. “The Afya4Men.info site addresses this essential gap.”
Afya4Men.info is entirely bilingual, offering information in both Swahili and English. It has been designed to be easily accessed on any computer or mobile phone with an internet connection. All information can also be downloaded for easy sharing with others.
Gavin Reid, the Regional Programme Advisor for the Alliance’s Men’s Sexual Health and Rights Programme (SHARP), explained: “Information and education are the first steps toward MSM being able to protect themselves from HIV and other STIs. The Alliance’s programmes in Eastern Africa shows that opportunities for MSM in the region to access quality and holistic information has been extremely limited until now.”
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