Homophobia fears after durban claims

2014-11-17 00:00

EXPERTS fear a report that found nearly half of Durban’s gay men are HIV positive could stoke homophobia.

Activists said it could scare men who have sex with men (MSM) from seeking “medical attention” or to be open “about their sexuality”.

In a study released by the Human Sciences Research Council, Durban’s MSM community were found to have the highest HIV positive rate compared to Johannesburg and Cape Town.

Nonhlanhla Mkhize, spokesperson for the Durban Gay and Lesbian Community and Health Centre, said the public must realise the study was done on a very small sample of just under 1 000 men across the three cities.

“Compare this to the population of the MSM in Durban [which is unknown]. They are afraid to be singled out. A report like this can increase homophobia in the city,” she said.

While most respondents admitted to visiting clinics regularly, just under 24% of the Durban participants indicated that their most recent HIV test had been done by a “traditional healer”.

The report also found that clinics were “generally not welcoming” and asked for “greater sensitivity” when providing “HIV prevention services to MSM”. — WR.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Men.24 Model of the Week: Wendy from Cape Town

Find out more about our featured model, Wendy from Cape Town


You won't want to miss...

Who are the highest paid models of 2017?
10 gorgeous plus-sized models who aren't Ashley Graham
WATCH: Pornhub is giving users free access to premium content these holidays
5 top leg exercises for men
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.