HIV/STD disease is on a rise among 'men who have sex with men' (MSM) in Africa and Asia, according to a new study.
Three articles in the April issue of the Journal of Sexually Transmitted Diseases, points at the fact that increasing HIV/STD disease is being reported in MSM with high risk behaviors in Africa and Asia.
In a particular article, Dr Yang and colleagues addressed the associated factors and increasing spread of HIV among MSM in Nanjing, China.
Using respondent-driven sampling methods, he reported an HIV incidence rate of 5.12 cases per 100 person years.
They stressed that in recent years, China has considered "MSM as a priority population for HIV prevention and control."
However, an editorial by Dr. Mayer and his colleagues points out that MSM exists in all populations.
They stress that the simple compartmentalization of the HIV epidemic into one that affects MSM in industrialized countries and is a heterosexual epidemic in developing or less developed countries is not valid.
They document the high prevalence of HIV/STD in some MSM populations in Africa and Asia, and emphasize the need to act now to prevent the massive spread of disease.