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Abstract



Sexual Identity of MSM in Nigeria

O. Olowu1, J. Ademowo2

Background:
Same-sex sexualities among males in Nigeria exist in different forms and across different levels-social, cultural and economic. This investigation assessed the sexual orientation and identities of men who had sex with men in an identified community in South West Nigeria.


Methods:
Sexual orientation was measured along the lines of sexual behaviours while sexual identity was assessed on a two-pronged scale of private and public sexual identity.


Results:
The subjects of the investigation had an average age of 26 and were predominantly educated with 67% in institutions of higher learning. They predominantly belonged to lower and middle class families. 49.7% of MSM are dominantly homosexual; 38.2% are dominantly bisexual and 12.1% are dominantly heterosexual. Existence was established of partnership of different forms-commercial, transactional, non-commercial etc among the respondents.


Conclusions:
There is a diversity of sexual orientation and partnership among MSM. Majority of respondents are of homosexual orientation while maintaining a heterosexual public identity. The diversities of these communities should be taken into consideration and strategies developed to address their needs in HIV/AIDS intervention programmes.





AIDS 2006 - XVI International AIDS Conference
Abstract no. CDD0198


Suggested Citation
"O.Olowu, et al. Sexual Identity of MSM in Nigeria. : AIDS 2006 - XVI International AIDS Conference: Abstract no. CDD0198"