Dar es Salaam, Tanzania – In a small room in a dusty back street, Hamisi and 12 other male sex workers are preparing for a long night of work.
Just after dark, they stuff their pockets full of condoms and divvy up the nearby communities using markers and a hand-drawn map. From there, they head to the bars and alleyways across the city where men discreetly sell sex to other men.
But tonight, they are not selling sex. They are trying to get their peers to go to a government-run hospital for an HIV test – a hard sell in a country with a strong social stigma against homosexuality and lengthy jail sentences for men convicted of having sex with other men.
That has not stopped gay rights activists such as Hamisi from demanding change.