ADDED ON: 01/11/2019

How stigma prevents Delhi’s gay men from getting tested for HIV

01/11/2019 | The Independent

When the news broke that India’s Supreme Court had struck down a colonial-era law making gay sex illegal, the reaction in Delhi was jubilant, with public celebrations erupting across the capital. Fast forward four months and HIV/Aids charities are finding the old stigma and prejudice against members of the LGBT+ community are stubbornly refusing to go away. Although attitudes towards gay relationships have softened in the past two decades, a 2016 survey found that even among young people more than 60 percent of respondents believed homosexuality was wrong. That translates to “a lot of shame” among men who have sex with men (MSM), says Abhina Aher from the India HIV/Aids Alliance, a leading charity supported by the Elton John Aids Foundation (EJAF).

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