State Sees Steady Rise in HIV Among Gays
While the population of gays in Goa is about 2000, HIV prevalence among this segment (Men having sex with Men MSM) has been found to be 7.93 per cent. (see box). The random sample survey conducted by Goa State AIDS Control Society (GSACS) as part of its sentinel survey 2007, revealed that rate of HIV prevalence was highest among men in the age group of 30-44 with 10.34 per cent. In the age group 20-29, the rate of infection reported was 9.24 per cent while it was as low as 2.33 per cent among MSM below 20 years.
A total of 225 persons were randomly examined in the sample survey. The Supreme Court delivering a historical judgment this Tuesday decriminalised consensual sex among adults of the same sex. According to medical experts, MSM are at higher risk of HIV infection. Dr Pradeep Padwal, Director of GSACS speaking to Herald said, because of anal sex, chances of injury among MSM are more. The passive partner rather than active is more prone to HIV infection, he said adding GSACs through its intervention programme, conducts awareness among these people.
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