Ghana seeks update on high HIV rate for gays, other MSM

Published: December 1, 2014

Colin Stewart
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The Ghana AIDS Commission is awaiting results from an updated survey of HIV infection rates among local men who have sex with men (MSM).

The previous survey, launched in 2011, found that 17.5 percent of MSM in Ghana were HIV-positive. That compares to the country’s overall infection rate of 1.3 percent.

In a discussion of the new survey, the commission says that it will use the updated results to track trends in the AIDS epidemic and to evaluate Ghana’s existing anti-AIDS programs, which are supported by the Global Fund and Pepfar (the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief).

An online article in Ghana Web about the HIV statistics suggests how unfamiliar many Ghanaians are with LGBTI people and the level of hostility that community faces beyond merely to Ghana’s laws calling for prison sentences of up to three years for sexual intimacy between men.

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