The Action for Access! research team reflects on their key findings from the #GMHR
Over 15,000 men from around the world participated in the 2019-2020 Global Men’s Health and Rights Survey, which closed in March of this year.
The #GMHR was our fourth global survey on the health and human rights of gay men, bisexual men and other men who have sex with men. As in the past, our latest survey was designed to support knowledge generation, policy development, program implementation, and advocacy linked to the issues that matter most to our communities.
Our latest report, “Structural Violence, Community, and Access to HIV Services: Participatory Action Research & New Findings from the Global Men’s Health and Rights Study” presents new global and country-level research findings from the Action for Access! (Kenya and Viet Nam) and Global Men’s Health and Rights (GMHR-4) studies.
Results indicate that gay and bisexual men continue to have poor access to the most essential HIV prevention services. Significant impediments to accessing services include country level criminalization of sex between men; and sexual stigma and discrimination on the part of health providers. Conversely, community engagement and receiving services from LGBT-led organizations enabled access to health services.
The findings underscore the need for structural interventions to decriminalize sex between men, reduce structural violence such as stigma and discrimination, while reinforcing community-led interventions that directly advance the health and well being of gay and bisexual men.