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The Human Sciences Research Council yesterday released a report on its findings from the Marang Men Project, a study of 925 gay and bisexual men in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban in 2012 and 2013.
The report said that the prevalence of HIV infection was higher in gay and bisexual men than in the general adult population, and that gay and bisexual men still feel stigmatised at public hospitals when they seek treatment and support.
The researchers said that healthcare services cater primarily for heterosexuals.
Their study looked at three groups of gay men in each of the three cities.
It found that the prevalence of HIV among gay men was 48% in Durban, 22% in Cape Town and 26.8% in Johannesburg.
Researcher Allanise Cloete said the high rate of HIV among Durban’s gay men was probably linked to the high incidence of HIV throughout KwaZulu-Natal.
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