Monday, November 30, 2009

Poor countries fail gay men

via Science Alert

On the eve of World AIDS Day (Tuesday, 1 December), a landmark paper documents the failure of low and middle income countries to protect men who have sex with men from contracting HIV/AIDS.

The research, led by academics from the University of New South Wales (UNSW), was commissioned by UNAIDS and presents the largest set of data available on HIV prevention in men who have sex with men (MSM) in low and middle income countries (LMIC).

The research, which has just been published in a special issue of the Journal of AIDS, shows that on average fewer than a third of MSM in these countries have ever been tested for HIV (31 per cent), around a third have been reached by HIV prevention programs (33 per cent), fewer than half had correct HIV knowledge (44 per cent) and just over a half had used condoms the last time they had sex with a man (54 per cent).

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