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TRANSFORM: Sexual health of MSM in Kenya and South Africa

Duration: November 2015 - February 2018

Staff from Sigma @ LSHTM are working with colleagues at the Wits Reproductive Health Institute in Johannesburg, KEMRI Wellcome Trust in Malinida, and University of Nairobi on a large scale, mixed-methods study of sexual health and well-being among gay, bisexual and other MSM in Kenya and South Africa. The study aims to describe the unmet need for prevention, diagnosis and treatment for HIV among MSM in these two countries and to determine acceptable programmatic responses to these needs. Alongside comprehensive HIV and STI screening, TRANSFORM also includes a qualitative component, allowing for the examination of social and sexual networks of MSM, and a large respondent-driven-sampling survey, which will capture behavioural and needs-related data that is essential to an effective HIV response.

TRANSFORM is funded as part of Evidence for HIV Prevention in Southern Africa (EHPSA) initiative, supported by the UK Department for International Development, the Swedish International Development Cooperation (SIDA), and the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD).

Key contact for Sigma: Adam Bourne