There is an unavailability of comprehensive information in Western Europe on HIV prevalence among Sub-Saharan African immigrants, especially among male and female sex workers.
For young men living in Ghana's cities, barriers such as societal stigma, discrimination and limited access to health care can make it difficult to seek HIV and sexual health services. Researchers from the University of Rochester School of Nursing and the Behavioral, Sexual & Global Health Lab are pioneering a group intervention to improve health outcomes among those who are most disproportionately affected by the HIV epidemic in Ghana.
Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) remains a significant global health concern, particularly among men who have sex with men (MSM) populations. In many countries, including Ghana, MSM faces unique challenges and barriers to accessing HIV testing and support services. Among young MSM living in slum communities, these obstacles can be even more pronounced. However, there is hope in the form of the LAFIYA HIVST intervention, which aims to address HIV prevalence and promote unassisted HIV self-testing(HIVST) methods among young GBMSM living in slum areas of Ghana.
Assistant Professor of Nursing and Public Health Gamji Rabiu Abu-Ba’are, PhD, MA, the initiative’s principal investigator, hopes that the CCARR’s work can boost recovery housing outcomes, particularly in the Black community, and further the effectiveness of this model for treating substance use disorders.