Jamaica: Gay Men in Hiding, Avoiding Health Care Because of Stigma, Survey Suggests
March 13, 2009
Legal and social discrimination against men who have sex with men (MSM) are major barriers to their accessing health care, according to a 2008 Ministry of Health-commissioned survey. Among MSM surveyed, 31.8 percent had HIV, 8.5 percent had chlamydia, 5.5 percent had syphilis, and 2.5 percent had gonorrhea.
Even with the high rate of STDS, MSM are reluctant to go to health care providers, fearing discrimination, said an MSM peer educator who requested anonymity. Despite calls to decriminalize sodomy, Jamaica's government insists on retaining the law against it. "Our main problem is that based on the law, we have problems interacting with each other," said the educator. "There are no safe places."View Full Article
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