About the programme

This programme aims to promote an enabling environment for access to appropriate health and wellness care and prevention services, as well as de-stigmatisation for Men who have Sex with Men (MSM) and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) persons. The project is presented in partnership with the Global Fund, DHET, SANAC and the National Aids
Convention of South Africa (NACOSA).

The HIV Prevalence and Related Factors in the Higher Education Sector Study (2) found that 6% of all male students and staff reported having had sexual relations with men in the past year. This is a very vulnerable group, with HIV prevalence (4.1%) being more than twice the HIV prevalence in heterosexual men (1.7%). Focus group discussions during this study indicated very high levels of risk-taking behaviour among MSM. Unprotected anal and oral sex with partners whose HIV status was unknown was reported by a number of respondents when speaking about their own experiences.