Targeted research advancing sexual health for men who have sex with men (MSM) in South Africa and Kenya.
This study aims to map the MSM population and social venues (public and non-public) where men congregate and meet new sexual partners.
The study has recruited participants at each site for formative research on their social organisation, social and sexual networks and HIV prevention needs. It is also conducting Respondent Driven Sampling (RDS) surveys at each site. These will be used to estimate the prevalence of HIV and common STIs, and to analyse levels and predictors of access to services, as well as the potential acceptability of different HIV prevention intervention models, including PrEP. The study will use this information to inform population size estimates and to develop intervention planning and implementation workshops with local MSM organisations.
TRANSFORM is led by the Wits Reproductive Health Institute (WHRI) in collaboration with Partners in Health and Development (PHDA), Kenya, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), and the University of Oxford.