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17 November 2017

SA’s public healthcare not designed for MSM people – study

Study reveals factors that drive MSM people to risky behaviour, writes Yolisa Tswanya. So says a study by the Human Sciences Research Council.

The study was conducted in South Africa and Namibia and reveals the many factors that contribute to the high risk of HIV for men who have sex with men (MSM).

Lead investigator Heidi van Rooyen said the study was to try and get people to think about treatment and prevention together.

“One of the things we found, that was something we knew but the study confirmed, is the extent to which healthcare spaces are not designed for MSM people.

“Public health facilities are based on a fairly heterosexual gender norm, and MSM face real difficulties in getting healthcare, and that fuelled behaviour. Those spaces are hostile and not friendly and that it might affect their ability to access prevention and treatment facilities.”

Van Rooyen said the poor health among MSM was caused by stress, which lack of access to healthcare forms a part of.

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