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Understanding the high prevalence of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections among socio-economically vulnerable men who have sex with men in Jamaica.

Authors
  • Figueroa, J Peter
  • Cooper, Carol Jones
  • Edwards, Jessie K
  • Byfield, Lovette
  • Eastman, Shashauna
  • Hobbs, Marcia M
  • Weir, Sharon S
Type
Published Article
Journal
PLoS ONE
Publisher
Public Library of Science
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2015
Volume
10
Issue
2
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0117686
PMID: 25659122
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

HIV prevalence was high among MSM SW and MSM with adverse life events. Given the characteristics of the sample, HIV prevalence among MSM in Jamaica is probably in the range of 20%. The study illustrates the importance of social vulnerability in driving the HIV epidemic. Programs to empower young MSM, reduce social vulnerability and other structural barriers including stigma and discrimination against MSM are critical to reduce HIV transmission.

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