Men Who Have Sex with Men in Mozambique: Identifying a Hidden Population at High Risk for HIV


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The population of men who have sex with men (MSM) has been largely ignored in HIV-related policies and programming in Mozambique and there is little information about the contribution of MSM to the HIV epidemic. An integrated biological and behavioral study among MSM using respondent-driven sampling was conducted in Maputo, Beira and Nampula/Nacala.

A significant finding was the higher prevalence of HIV among MSM older than 25 vs. MSM 18–24 years old. The difference in prevalence demonstrates the need to increase prevention for younger MSM at risk for HIV and ensure care and treatment for older HIV-infected MSM.