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

  1. 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. 2. Overview  About ISHTAR  Current situation of MSM in Kenya  Successes so far  Challenges and Barriers  Recommendations
  3. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 8. pnjoro2002@yahoo.com Thank you.

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