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Mombasa homosexuals decry stigmatization

01 December 2014, 20:54 Mbungu Harrison

Mombasa - Stigmatization against Homosexuals in Mombasa has been termed the biggest challenge in the war against spread of HIV and Aids in the region.

A survey conducted by PEMA a non governmental organization dealing with the sexually Marginalized persons in Mombasa has indicated that the number of persons contracting HIV amongst them is increasing since majority of MSMs are still afraid of coming out openly on their sexual orientation.

Mombasa County region has over 962 men having sex with men MSMs and the number may be higher since majority of them fear victimization from the society.  

An official from the Organization has said insecurity in the country is posing a low season thus sending away most of their foreign clientele.

 “This makes it impossible for us to access health care services because of the stigma. This has also increased the HIV burden among us, standing at about 20 per cent,” he said.

Also read: County commissioner calls efforts on security matters

Addressing journalists in Mombasa after an induction workshop with journalists the official who did not want to be named in fear of victimization said there was need for the government to come up with proper legal framework that will protect their rights without fear of favor.

 “Just like in tourism’s high and low seasons, MSMs flock major towns when business is good especially during holidays. The number in Mombasa could have doubled up if the insecurity would not have scared away both local and foreign tourists,” he said.

Already four of the LBGTI group has lost their lives through HIV in the last one year.

A recent report in Mombasa showed that HIV/Aids in Mombasa from MSMs, contribute to 45 percent of new infections in the region.

This comes as the government embarks on on the war against HIV/Aids spread in the country.

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