Cuba: Ten Years Fighting HIV/AIDS and Reaching Out to Gays
October 19, 2010
When a Cuban project to prevent HIV among men who have sex with men began 10 years ago, it was breaking new territory. MSM in Cuba were socially marginalized at the time of its first HIV/AIDS diagnosis in 1986, and the island's compulsory quarantine of those infected lasted into the early 1990s. Among other challenges, reaching MSM required overcoming years of state-sponsored homophobia.
"Although homosexuality had been mentioned before, up to that point no work had been done with men," said Raúl Regueiro, co-founder of the MSM-Cuba program.
Inter Press Service
10.12.2010; Dalia Acosta
This article was provided by U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update. Visit the CDC's website to find out more about their activities, publications and services.
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