Gays complain of HIV prevention overdose

Published: October 28, 2014

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Homosexuals in the city have complained that they are being given overdoses of messages on HIV prevention and that programmes concerning the community should address their psychological needs more.

A study conducted among MSMs (men who have sex with men) in the city revealed that most of the homosexuals wanted guidance on overcoming stress arising out of social stigma.

About 55 gays, ranging from post-graduate students to sex workers, were interviewed in a study conducted by National Institute for Research in Tuberculosis (NIRT) in collaboration with Sahodaran (an NGO for MSMs).

Though the study says that gay men in India have an HIV seroprevalence rate that is 22 times higher than the country’s general population, those surveyed have a different take. "It is better not to keep concentrating on HIV… I think it is important to raise the low self-esteem of MSMs," one of the interviewees said.

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