Technical brief on women partners of men who have sex with men

Technical briefs on HIV in India draw attention to women partners of men who have sex with men.

15 May 2012
Alexandra Hyde

A series of technical briefs peer-reviewed by members of STRIVE have focussed attention on women who are partners of men who have sex with men (MSM), and the particular conditions that combine to increase their vulnerability to HIV.

The MSM situation paper on women partners of MSM was prepared by the Department for International Development AIDS Technical Assistance Support Team (DfID AIDS TAST). The brief recommends several strategies to ensure that the fourth phase of India’s National AIDS Control Programme accounts for the risks faced by women partners of MSM. The recommendations include:

  • The development of interventions aimed at single MSM that specifically integrate sexual health promotion that raises awareness of the risks faced by women partners
  • The implementation of interventions that explicitly target married MSM and their wives, to particularly include counselling and HIV testing approaches that address the complexities of safer sex practices with both male and female sexual partners, especially in the context of marital life.
  • Investment in the creation of an enabling environment that will help to better address the women partners of MSM, including the National AIDS Control Organisation’s (NACO) mass media campaigns and generic HIV prevention messages and materials.

Download the technical briefs here.