Think Progress LGBT
November 29, 2012

A new worldwide study of gay men and men who have sex with men (MSM) finds that there are some severe consistent barriers to accessing HIV prevention and treatment services. According to the Global Forum on MSM & HIV (MSMGF), homophobia and stigma serve as barriers to accessing condoms, lubricants, HIV testing, and HIV treatment across the globe, while community engagement and comfort with medical providers facilitated greater access. In addition, the lower a country’s income, the less access MSM in that country have to these important resources.