By Tabitha Areba
But the rapidly evolving world has not spared morals in our African society. Men’s attraction to the opposite sex is fast waning. It is not surprising to hear state ments like, ‘not all men are attracted to the opposite sex.”
This does not only apply to men in the city, or married men. Even the generation of single men has fallen into this disastrous trap. Some could be abstaining from ‘normal’ intercourse but are they safe from infection.
HIV infection in gay
According to a new survey, HIV prevalence among men who have sex with men (MSM) is three times higher than the general population and is highest among those aged between 25 to 34 years, and lowest in the 18 to 24 year olds (12.2 per cent).
The 2010 United Nations General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) Country Progress Report also shows that an overall, HIV prevalence amongst MSM in Nairobi is 18.2 per cent, an indication that the behaviour is on the increase.
Job Akuno, Technical Advisor, Behavioral Interventions National Organisation of Peer Educators, says anal sex has higher risk of HIV infection since there is no lubrication, leading to tears that become pathways for infection.
“There seems to be higher concentration of MSMs in urban centres due to better social tolerance, opportunities for network and employability. However, it is possible that other rural areas could have these populations in closet,” says Akuno.
He says heterosexual sex within a union or regular partnership accounts for 44.1 per cent of new HIV infections across adult populations, while casual heterosexual sex accounts for an additional 20.3 per cent of new infections.
A previous survey done in Mombasa five years ago found 43 per cent of MSM tested positive, while another survey cited by UNAIDS estimates 15 per cent HIV prevalence among MSM throughout Kenya.