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Chitchat to reduce hivaids stigma among sexual minorities groups in kenya ishtar msm
Chitchat to reduce hivaids stigma among sexual minorities groups in kenya ishtar msm
Chitchat to reduce hivaids stigma among sexual minorities groups in kenya ishtar msm
Chitchat to reduce hivaids stigma among sexual minorities groups in kenya ishtar msm
Chitchat to reduce hivaids stigma among sexual minorities groups in kenya ishtar msm
Chitchat to reduce hivaids stigma among sexual minorities groups in kenya ishtar msm
Chitchat to reduce hivaids stigma among sexual minorities groups in kenya ishtar msm
Chitchat to reduce hivaids stigma among sexual minorities groups in kenya ishtar msm
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Chitchat to reduce hivaids stigma among sexual minorities groups in kenya ishtar msm

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  • 1. CHITCHAT TO REDUCE HIV/AIDS STIGMA AMONG SEXUAL MINORITIES GROUPS IN KENYA PETER NJANE (Director) ISHTAR-MSM (Nairobi, Kenya) 3rd NOPE CONFERENCE ON PEER EDUCATION,HIV & AIDS Date:18th June, 2008
  • 2. Overview  About ISHTAR  Current situation of MSM in Kenya  Successes so far  Challenges and Barriers  Recommendations
  • 3. ISHTAR- MSM  Established in 1997  Registered as a Community Based Organization (CBO)  Consists of 200 members  HIV prevention and care  Develop positive attitudes and values to the society on MSM issues  Identify and develop referral systems for MSMs’ health needs
  • 4. Current Situation of MSM in Kenya  Health care services inaccessible to MSM with few exceptions across Kenya  Many MSM self-medicate or purchase drugs from pharmacies when experiencing STI symptoms  Many MSM fear discrimination and stigma from healthcare providers  Healthcare providers not trained to provide services to MSM and unaware of sexual health and HIV needs of MSM
  • 5. Cont….  Appropriate and sensitive counselling services not available  Water-based lubricants are not readily available  HIV and sexual health campaigns only talk about vaginal sex as route of transmission
  • 6. Challenges and Barriers  Criminalization of consensual sex between adult males (S162, Penal Code of Kenya)  Ignorance of MSM HIV needs among healthcare providers and policy makers  Religious, moral, cultural attitudes  Stigma, esp. HIV and sexuality  Scope – not possible to reach rural MSM
  • 7. Recommendations  Create more awareness among MSM on HIV/AIDS  MSM to take part in prevention and management of HIV/AIDS  Repealing S162 will remove the legal barrier to service provision for MSM, reduce stigma and ultimately reduce MSM vulnerability to HIV infection  Involve MSM in service provision, policy and research – rather than being reduced to the ‘study population’ or ‘service recipients’  Expansion of MSM services  Implementation of policy
  • 8. pnjoro2002@yahoo.com Thank you.

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