Stigma and Sickness: Homophobia and Anti-Sex Work Discrimination in African HIV/AIDS Infected Nations
Limiting the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Africa is impossible without specific investment and attention in the LGBTQ+, men who have sex with men (MSM), and female sex worker (FSW) populations. They have the highest HIV/AIDS prevalence of any other groups in Africa and the world, but they receive some of the worst treatment and attention. The stigma against the sex work and the LGBTQ+ community inhibits HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment in African nations. Further, once/if they can get medical care, they often experience further discrimination in the medical field. Fortunately, there are pathways to improving the situation. It requires developing healthcare specific to these specific populations, sensitizing current clinics/medical professionals, and adjusting legal structures.