School of Public Health
A qualitative study to assess the relationship between stigma towards men who have sex with men in Nigeria and their mental health, sexual health, and access to health care
Nigerian men who have sex with men (MSM) bear a disproportionate burden of HIV in comparison to the general population and stigma may be an important factor preventing them from optimally engaging into HIV care and treatment. The TRUST Study has enrolled over 1300 MSM into comprehensive HIV prevention, treatment and care since March 2013. Preliminary analysis suggest that stigma is pervasive, particularly in certain sub-populations, and may contribute to a higher prevalence of HIV and poorer mental health. In order to further explore the effects of stigma on particular subgroups as well as its effects on engaging in testing and treatment, I propose conducting a qualitative study consisting of 23 in-depth interviews with participants and staff of the TRUST study in the summer of 2016. The Framework Method will be used to analyze interviews. This qualitative study will inform intervention strategies that will mitigate stigma among vulnerable MSM sub-populations to better engage them into HIV testing and care services.
Global Health Mentor/Advisor: Stefan Baral, MD