Dan Operario talk: Understanding and Addressing the needs of MSM in Coastal Kenya

It was a great privilege for me to attend this talk! The date was Thursday 26th of March 2015. I attempted to rally together LGBT postgrads to come to the event, the UCT Rainbow Society Committee (undergraduate) members and even the Cape Town Bear group. I did have one post graduate student come, albeit a bit late, and then the usual qualitative researchers, who are wonderful women in the LGBT community, came as well.

What was the talk about? He collaborated with epidemiologists to assess the risks men in coastal Kenya face. The risks include HIV infection, but they are not limited to those. In fact, he made the point that most of the respondents, he used a qualitative methodology, referred to other issues, such as physical harm if my memory does not evade me, apart from HIV. Though he did explain how the vast difficulties these men face, living in a country where their sexuality is not legitimized by law, but rather criminalized, potentiate their HIV risk.

From what I understood, the collaboration he referred to was in the form a survey of sexual practices that took the form of a diary. After sex, participants filled in a diary survey with pictures – since most of them were illiterate. The pictorial representation of sex had many of us amused, but it appears to be a cool way to obtain info about type of sex people had, whether it was with a condom and the frequency of sex acts.

Alright, time to sleep, tomorrow I have class on confounding and mediation. And I will complete the second Epidemiology, Advanced Methods, assignment.

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About writinghealth

Wannabe Epidemiologist? Wannabe med anthro person? I guess. Christian, scientist (not Christian scientist), i mean like I studied molecular biology and I part of the RC Church. I also completed a Masters of Public Health, at the University of Cape Town, in Epidemiology and Biostatistics.
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