April 24, 2013 | by Staff reports
Younger MSMs face increased challenges: study
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SAN DIEGO — A new study indicates that young men who have sex with men around the world experience higher levels of homophobia, unstable housing, violence and other factors that hinder access to HIV services compared to older MSM, the San Diego Gay & Lesbian News reported last week.

Researchers said this was the first study that looked at data focused on younger men as opposed to studying all MSM groups together.

Using data from a 2012 study that polled 5,779 young MSMs (30 and younger) from 165 countries, the study found that only 33 percent of those surveyed reported that low-cost condoms were easily accessible and only 18 percent said they had access to low-cost lubricants, low-cost STI treatment (14 percent), HIV education materials (9 percent) and HIV risk reduction programs (7 percent).

Rates for HIV treatment for those infected in some instances were as high as 44 percent not taking any anti-retroviral medication compared with 17 percent for older MSMs. Twenty percent said they had no income and 30 percent had no stable housing. They also experienced greater levels of homophobia and violence, the report said.

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