Stigma, human rights violations, health care access, and disclosure among men who have sex with men in the Gambia

Krystal Mason, Sosthenes Ketende, Sarah Peitzmeier, Nuha Ceesay, Carmen Logie, Daouda Diouf, Jaegan Loum, Donald Deen, Fatou Maria Drame, Ashley Grosso, Stefan Baral

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Abstract

While there is a growing data pool on HIV prevalence and risks among men who have sex with men (MSM) in sub-Saharan Africa, much less is known concerning the roles of stigma, discrimination, and criminalization of same-sex sexual practices in access to health care and risk of HIV. This study assesses the relationship between disclosure of same-sex sexual practices and human rights violations. Several associations were identified between disclosure of same-sex sexual practices and human rights abuses among MSM in the Gambia. A multi-pronged approach at the individual, community, and structural levels is needed to ensure the health and human rights of MSM and other vulnerable populations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)139-152
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Human Rights Practice
Volume7
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • AIDS
  • HIV
  • LGBT
  • Violence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • History
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Political Science and International Relations
  • Law

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