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HSRC Marang Men’s Project: Concerning Findings for Homosexual Men Regarding HIV

The South African Marang Men’s ProjectThe results of a study by the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) called the Marang Men’s Project, has found that HIV prevalence is high among men who have sex with men (MSM).

The study was carried out between 2012 to 2013, among 925 men, in Durban, Cape Town and Johannesburg.

Professor Thomas Rehle of the HSRC, one of the principal investigators of the study, says: “This is a very crucial study on key populations – those populations with HIV prevalence above the national average – using the same methodology in all three cities. The study confirms that MSM face a higher risk for HIV infections. The findings provide much needed information to guide relevant policy development which may ultimately improve uptake of services among MSM.”

Relative to national estimates, HIV prevalence is high among men who have sex with men (MSM) in the three largest cities of South Africa. In Cape Town, the overall prevalence among MSM recruited into the study was 22.3%, in Johannesburg it was 26.8%. In Durban, the prevalence was unusually high among respondents, namely 48.2%. In each city, HIV prevalence was higher among MSM aged 25 years and older than among MSM in the 18-24 years age category – Cape Town: 27.8% versus (vs) 13.1%; Johannesburg, 36.7% vs. 17.1%; Durban, 71.1% vs. 39.3%, all respectively.

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