There is a silent global epidemic of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) that is threatening to undermine health gains as well as prospects for reaching the Sustainable Development Goals. It seems that insufficient attention is being paid to these diseases that undermine the health of adults and cause congenital abnormalities and death in infants.
Global data from WHO in 2016 shows that there were 357 million cases annually of four curable STIs (chlamydia, gonorrhoea, syphilis, trichomonas), and around 300,000 foetal and neonatal deaths from syphilis in pregnancy. This latter is more than double the number of AIDS-related deaths in children under the age of 14 years globally, which UNICEF estimates at 120,000 in 2017.
Together Tomorrow is a study of the Human Sciences Research Council, exploring the HIV prevention needs of male-male partnerships.
This mixed methods study took place in South Africa and Namibia, and involved almost 250 couples (across study phases) in an attempt to better understand behaviours which could place men at increased risk of HIV.
Men who have sex with men (MSM) have been identified as vulnerable to HIV infection and a deeper understanding of the unique behaviours, needs and challenges of male-male partnerships is required.
The study took place in partnership with the Gay and Lesbian Network in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa and Positive Vibes in Namibia, and in collaboration with investigators from the University of California, San Francisco and University of Michigan.
Poor mental health among men who have sex with men is contributing to increased risk of HIV Read...
Making public healthcare spaces more friendly to men in same-sex relationships could help to reduce the spread of HIV Read...
Findings presented at AIDS Impact, Cape Town, 2017
1. Coping mechanisms utilised by same-sex couples in Southern Africa, in the context of homophobia and HIV, Gillespie et al (Poster)
2. Queering public healthcare spaces for men who have sex with men in the context of HIV&AIDS: a qualitative study.Ngidi et al (Poster)
3. Sexual agreements among same-sex couples. Essack et al.
4. Engagement in HIV prevention and treatment activities among male couples in South Africa and Namibia. More...
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Delegates of ICASA had an opportunity today to seek an answer to the big question: when will the clever scientists discover a cure for AIDS and an HIV vaccine? I found myself brave enough today to engage with the “real scientists”. Unfortunately, I quickly discovered that I am part of the so-called lay public. But with me, in the same boat, were most of the policy makers in the room, trying their best to keep up with incomprehensible jargon, graphs and randomised control trials.