Being Forced to Become Your Own Doctor: Men Who Have Sex with Men's Experiences of Stigma in the Tanzanian Healthcare System

Markus Larsson, Michael W. Ross, Sven Axel Månsson, Joyce Nyoni, Jasmine Shio, Anette Agardh

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Abstract

Objective: To acquire a deepened understanding of how stigma in healthcare affects health-seeking behaviors of same-sex practising men in Tanzania. Methods: In-depth interviews with 12 men were conducted in Dar es Salaam, 2012. Data were interpreted through qualitative content analysis. Results: Narratives revealed that men's healthcare perceptions were shaped by previous encounters, rumors in gay community, norms, and legislation around homosexuality. Fears of exposure aggravated men's possibilities of giving full anamnesis and detached them from formal healthcare services. Conclusions: Stigma in healthcare might lead to severe public health problems due to perceived exclusion from the health system by sexual minorities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)163-175
Number of pages13
JournalInternational Journal of Sexual Health
Volume28
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2 2016

Keywords

  • Homophobia
  • STIs
  • gay men
  • qualitative studies
  • sexual minorities

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