South African HIV prevention programs ignore gays
March 06 2004 1:00 AM ET
South Africa's HIV prevention programs ignore gay men, putting them at a high risk for HIV infection, according to research presented at the first African Congress on Sexual Health and Rights held in Johannesburg, South Africa, BBC News reports. Only three organizations in the country offer HIV services to gay men, including one on the outskirts of Pretoria that targets the region's estimated 50,000 gay and bisexual men. Because HIV education and prevention campaigns have largely skipped over gay men, many gays believe they are not at risk for HIV infection, said Toni Kruger, a member of Out, the group that is conducting the Pretoria-area campaign. Out hopes to expand the program throughout the country in the coming months.