Mauritania: discreet inclusion of gays in the HIV response.

Published: December 21, 2014

Denis LeBlanc
Original Article:

In a shaded courtyard of a nondescript building juston the outskirts of Nouakchott, a group of young men sits in comfortable repose. It’s a group with no official name, only the whispered identity of an MSM: a man who has sex with men. One by one they get up to sit on an overturned bucket.

A peer educator helps a member of Nouakchott’s gay community complete an anonymized health survey and tell the most intimate details of their lives. They are providing anonymized responses to two employees of the NGO, SOS Pairs Educateurs, as part of Mauritania’s first Integrated HIV survey since 2007.

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