Thursday, March 12, 2009

Jamaica: Gay men in hiding - Avoiding health care because of stigma, survey suggests


via The Gleaner, by Petrina Francis

AS DEBATE stirs over the Jamaican Government's insistence on retaining legislation against buggery, homosexual men continue to suffer from discriminatory acts which make it difficult for them to seek health care in the country, a study has indicated.

A 2008 survey commissioned by the Ministry of Health showed 31.8 per cent of gay men in Jamaica are living with HIV. Another 8.5 per cent were found with chlamidia, 2.5 per cent had gonorrhoea and 5.5 per cent had syphilis.

According to a release from the Caribbean HIV & AIDS Alliance (CHAA), the high number of sexually transmitted infections among gay men, sometimes termed men who have sex with men (or MSM), is linked to the way they are treated by the law and members of the general population, including those in the health sector.

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1 comment:

Jamaica Forum for Lesbians Allsexuals & Gays said...

Thanks for following up on our circuit and wonderful posts on here too.

Peace

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