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Towards 'men who have sex with menappropriate' health services in South Africa

Kevin Brian Rebe, Glenn De Swardt, Helen Elizabeth Struthers, James Alisdair McIntyre
Southern African Journal of HIV Medicine | Vol 14, No 2 | a78 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajhivmed.v14i2.78 | © 2013 Kevin Brian Rebe, Glenn De Swardt, Helen Elizabeth Struthers, James Alisdair McIntyre | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 12 December 2013 | Published: 04 June 2013

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Kevin Brian Rebe, Anova Health Institute, Johannesburg and Cape Town, South Africa, South Africa
Glenn De Swardt, Anova Health Institute, Johannesburg and Cape Town, South Africa, South Africa
Helen Elizabeth Struthers, Anova Health Institute, Johannesburg and Cape Town, South Africa, South Africa
James Alisdair McIntyre, Anova Health Institute, Johannesburg and Cape Town, South Africa; Centre for Infectious Diseases Epidemiology and Research, School of Public Health and Family Medicine, University of Cape Town, South Africa, South Africa


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Abstract

Health programming for men who have sex with men (MSM) in South Africa has been ignored or absent until fairly recently, despite this population being at high risk for HIV acquisition and transmission. Anova Health Institute, with support from the US President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR)/United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and in collaboration with the South African National Department of Health, launched the first state sector MSM-targeted sexual health clinic in 2010. The clinic has been successful in attracting and retaining MSM in care, and lessons learned are described in this article. Components contributing to the creation of MSM-appropriate healthcare services are discussed.


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HIV; Men-who-have-sex-with-men; Health systems; HIV

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