Monday, April 6, 2009

South Africa: 'Hidden HIV Epidemic' Among Gay Men

via, by Kerry Cullinan

A small study finds very high HIV rate among gay men in Johannesburg and Durban.

Over 40 percent of men who have sex with men were HIV positive, suggesting a "hidden epidemic" among this group.

This is according to results from a survey of 266 men in Johannesburg and Durban, the vast majority of whom were black, under the age of 25 and identified as gay rather than bisexual.

The survey, released at the 4th SA AIDS Conference, also found high levels of coerced sex. Over one in three men (36 %) reported being forced to have sex against their will and close on a third (30%) admitted forcing someone to have sex with them.

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