Now nurses treat us better than before - gay patient

2016-07-19 11:07


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Barberton - An Mpumalanga group called Men Sleeping with other Men (MSM) says it can already see a difference after nurses received special training on how to treat gay men.

"We have trained nurses from 20 clinics in Mpumalanga. They are now competent to accept and offer treatment to men who are having sex with other men,” said Sibusiso Makhathini, of ANOVA Health Institute, which provided the training to the nurses.

They were optimistic that the services offered to MSM would improve.

MSM-friendly facilities were unveiled at M'Africa Community Clinic in Emjindini township near Barberton on July 6.

M'Africa and Barberton Town Clinic, in the Umjindi Local Municipality, were among the 20 community healthcare centres competent to treat gay men in Mpumalanga.

Sister Favourite Sikhosane of Barberton Clinic said she was happy to be trained to treat gay men.

Previously had no idea on how to handle gay people, although she never discriminated against them, she said.

"Our clinic is now competent to treat MSM and we are calling them to visit us. They will receive friendly treatment. Our nurses now understand better," she said.

Many of the gay men attending the event said stigma was still a problem. Some said their families disowned them after they announced their sexual orientation publicly.

Mnendi Zulu, who is proudly gay, said he was happy with services he was getting since nurses have been sensitised about treating gay men.

“I would like to urge every MSM out there to go and get help and not to die in secrecy," said Zulu, from Manyeveni village, near Mbombela.

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