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Profile and counselling of male homosexuals in Orissa, India - A study of 180 cases

P. Mohanty

Background: in Orissa a traditional state in a traditional country like India, where nearly 90% of marriages are arranged, it was very surprising to find a married man presenting as HIV positive in our out patients department with no heterosexual contact outside of marriage,but a homosexual contact with a boy aged 19 years,about 9 months back.

Methods: Thus we decided to do a contact tracing, and we did it and were successful, and we started continuing this work from 2002 January to 2005 January. We further did a councilling, putting emphasis on safer modes of sexual activities, like mutual mastrubation and having single sexual partners.

Results: We found 180 men ,ages ranging from 15 to 72 years having homosexual contacts, ranging around 5 districts of this state. The mode of sexual activity was mainly oro-receptive (40%), oro-insertive (20%), ano-receptive (5%), ano-insertive (5%), mutual masturbation (20%) and mixed (10%). Only 3 tested positive for HIV by Elisa. Of these 3,2 had sexual contacts with men outside this state and were unmarried and the other who was married had received blood transfusion 5 months previously(the spouse and only daughter of 6 years also tested positive for HIV).

Conclusions: Thus we came to a conclusion that though traditional, Orissa has a number of homosexuals who still remain in the cupboard due to social strains but practice and maintain normal heterosexual relationships on the outside, thus making it very dangerous for the family and the whole society as such in the context of HIV transmission. Thus it is very necessary to do a proper contact tracing with councilling for safer sexual attitudes and methods.

AIDS 2006 - XVI International AIDS Conference
Abstract no. CDC1059

Suggested Citation
" P. Mohanty Profile and counselling of male homosexuals in Orissa, India - A study of 180 cases. : AIDS 2006 - XVI International AIDS Conference: Abstract no. CDC1059"