Men who have Sex with Men: An Introductory Guide for Health Care Workers in Africa

Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation


This manual and training program aims to educate health care workers with the necessary skills and knowledge to provide the sensitive services that support and adequately cater for MSM and their unique needs within African health care settings.

Type of Document:
Guide to help counselor or health care provider address the specific healthcare needs of MSM, the risks of HIV infection or the anal acquisition of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in sub-Saharan Africa. Includes a pre-course questionnaire, post course assessment, and a series of exercises to build knowledge and understanding.

Audience Intended:
This program is aimed at HIV counselors and other health care workers who operate in Africa and have varying degrees of experience with MSM. It has been designed specifically for individuals who already have a basic understanding of and experience in the HIV sector.

Population Experiencing Stigma and/or Discrimination:
MSM living with or vulnerable to HIV.

Stigma and/or Discrimination:
Both – and distinction explained.

Assess and/or Address:

Group study/facilitator: It is suggested that a facilitator experienced in counseling or working with MSM lead all trainings but where this is not possible an experienced HIV counselor or health care worker would be able to facilitate the program. Case studies and interactive exercises are provided in order to practice the study material within a group but this manual can also be used by individuals who are not able to attend group sessions.

Explicitly aimed at health care providers and includes an evaluative component and assessment.

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