Monday, July 23, 2012

HIV, Stigma and Men Who Have Sex with Men

Michael Kirby. Image by Denis Largeron. ©MSMGF
Another major theme of this year’s conference is the prejudice and discrimination that affects men who have sex with men (MSM) in many parts of the world, and how this is contributing to the spread of HIV in this group.
A recent study in The Lancet showed that 26% of MSM in studies from the Caribbean were HIV-positive, as were 18% of MSM in research from Africa and 15% of MSM in research carried out in south-east Asia.
The meeting heard that decriminalizing sex between men was an essential first step for creating a safer legal environment for this population.

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