In reaction to the recent passing of anti-gay legislation in Nigeria the Anova Health Institute NPC expresses alarm and trepidation at the resultant human rights consequences ensuing from such actions. Health4Men, a project of the Anova Health Institute NPC, is gravely concerned by developments in Nigeria regarding the wide-spread impact on the progress made in the fight against HIV in those countries and elsewhere in Africa.
HEALTH4MEN IN THE NEWS: The following article by Yngve Sjolund published by the Mail&Guardian takes a look at the rising amounts of HIV positive MSM and gay men in the Soweto area. With insights from Health4Men’s Doctor Michael Laurino and outreach coordinator David Motsagea, the reasons for the high prevalence rate in such a small population are addressed.
Societal norms and stigma are said to be one of the contributors to the elevated risks in the area, as many black men are afraid of coming out to family and friends for the fear of the repercussions that might follow. This may lead to many not taking the necessary precautions when engaging in high risk sexual activity because of a lack of proper knowledge.
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