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Cult Health Sex. 2007 Mar-Apr;9(2):153-68.

Challenges for the sexual health and social acceptance of men who have sex with men in Nigeria.

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HIV Social, Behavioural and Epidemiological Studies Unit, Department of Public Health Sciences, University of Toronto. Canada. dan.allman@utoronto.ca

Abstract

Little research exists regarding men who have sex with men and sexual risk in Nigeria. Prior to the implementation of a targeted HIV/STI prevalence study, structured focus groups incorporating anonymous questionnaires were conducted with members of this population in secure locations in Nigeria. A purposive sample of men was recruited by word-of-mouth. Five focus groups were conducted with a total of 58 men. Mean age was 27 years (range 16-58); 60% had post-secondary education; 56% were employed full or part-time; 83% were Christian; 16% were Muslim; 66% self-identified as bisexual; 31% as homosexual. Participants' experiences were diverse, with ethnic, religious and class distinctions strongly structuring sexual expression. Same-sex community networks were hidden, with social activities taking place in non-commercial, private venues. Socially ostracized by culture, religion, and political will, the risks embodied within same-sex activity are high. For Nigeria--a nation culturally rich and religiously devout--the implications for public health policy are complex. However, these research findings suggest that immediate action is vital to mitigate the impacts of HIV and other STIs.

PMID:
17364723
DOI:
10.1080/13691050601040480
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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