HIV testing among homosexual men, in both rural and urban communities, is on the rise thanks to campaign efforts. This includes Right to Care's 'Me First' campaign which was launched to encourage testing for men.
Testing for HIV among South Africa's male homosexual communities is on the rise thanks to efforts from various campaigns.
One of these campaigns, 'Me First' from Right to Care, has been working to raise sensitivity towards the community in a bid the ensure that men who get tested feel that it is a safe environment.
Briefly.co.za gathered that the campaign had not focused exclusively on homosexual men but rather men who had sex with men in general. In other words: bisexual men and men who did not identify as gay were included.
The campaign manager for the movement explained that often men would experience discrimination when getting tested.
This would result in a ripple effect, with the word spreading throughout the community. This was a huge barrier as other men would opt not to get tested.
However, by educating people against discrimination, testing is on the rise again with more and more men coming forward to find out what their status.
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