HIV in MSM : stigma and discrimination sufficient explanation for high rates of infection ?

Stigma  and  discrimination  prevent  MSM   seeking  HIV  testing exacerbating  the  disease  burden of  this  population.

AIDS Behav. 2012 Apr;16(3):499-507.

HIV/AIDS-related stigmatizing and discriminatory attitudes and recent HIV testing among men who have sex with men in Beijing.

Source

Epidemiology and Biostatistics Branch of Division of Virology and Immunology, State Key Laboratory for Infectious Disease Control and Prevention, and National Center for AIDS/STD Control and Prevention, Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 155 Changbai Road, Changping District, 102206 Beijing, People’s Republic of China.

Abstract

This study assessed the correlates of recent HIV testing and HIV/AIDS-related stigmatizing and discriminatory attitudes among men who have sex with men (MSM) in Beijing, China. A cross-sectional study probed demographics, sexual and drug use behaviors, HIV testing, and prevention services. Of 500 participants, 39.3% recently received a test for HIV. Recent testing was independently associated with expressing lower levels of HIV/AIDS-related stigmatizing and discriminatory attitudes, more male sex partners, no female sexual partners and knowing HIV status of their last male partner. Expressing lower levels of HIV/AIDS-related stigmatizing and discriminatory attitudes was independently associated with recent testing, younger age, and knowing HIV status of their last male partner. This study revealed that HIV/AIDS-related stigmatizing and discriminatory attitudes were common and inversely associated with recent HIV testing. Low levels of testing highlighted the urgent needs to reduce HIV/AIDS-related stigma and discrimination and expand HIV testing among MSM in Beijing.

 

is  decreasing   stigma  and discrimination  against  HIV/AIDS  the same  as   decreasing   discrimination  against  the  activities  of  the “Hard  Cell”  Playroom  :  http://www.hardcell.org.uk/playroom.htm  ?

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