Surveillance of HIV and Risk Behavious among MSM (CDC Additional Funds)

STATUS: Completed
PROJECT LEADER:Cloete, A (Dr Allanise), Simbayi, LC (Prof. Leickness)
OTHER TEAM MEMBERS: De Kock, C.J. (Ms Cilna), Jacobs, NPP (Mr Nico), Matseke, MG (Ms Gladys), Africa-Brown, J. (Ms Joan), Naidoo, Y (Dr Dhee)
DEPARTMENT RESPONSIBLE: Human and Social Capabilities (HSC)

Abstract

There is a lack of up-to-date research and surveillance data on the prevalence of HIV among men who have sex with men (MSM) in South Africa collected from several sites using the same sampling approach, and hence this study was undertaken to fill this information gap. This study was called the Marang Men???s Project and was undertaken among MSM who live in the three largest cities of South Africa, namely, Cape Town in the Western Cape Province, Durban in KwaZulu-Natal and Johannesburg in the province of Gauteng. The primary objectives of this study were: a) To provide baseline data on HIV prevalence among MSM in each city, b) To provide baseline data on HIV risk behaviours among MSM in each city, and c) To establish a protocol for an implementable national HIV behavioural surveillance program for MSM.