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Hepatitis

Hepatitis is a general term meaning inflammation of the liver which can be caused by various factors. Gay and bisexual men must be aware of... Read More

Disclosure

Whether Or Not To Disclose This is a difficult decision to make because disclosure (telling others about your HIV status) can have significant consequences. Consider the... Read More

Anal Health

Many men are reluctant to discuss or even consider their anal health. Your anus is the one part of your own body that you are... Read More

Alcohol As A Drug

Alcohol is a mood-changing drug and both a depressant in larger doses, and a stimulant in smaller quantities. Alcohol can lower your inhibitions (make you... Read More

HIV prevention and treatment for South African men who have sex with men

HIV transmission is dependent on the route of acquisition, the infecting viral load and the presence of inflammation and activated immune system cells below mucosal surfaces.8 Addressing these factors lowers HIV transmissibility. Unprotected, especially receptive, anal sex remains a high-risk behaviour for HIV transmission with a transmission risk about 18 times higher than for penile-vaginal sex, and is a major driver of high HIV rates among MSM.9 IDUs who inject themselves with HIV-contaminated needles provide a direct access point for HIV, and established infection can therefore occur with relatively lower viral loads. CSWs are likely to transmit HIV if they become infected themselves because of the greater number of sex partners that they encounter. All these population groups benefit from targeted HIV programmes.