Older MSM had been almost certainly going to be HIV good than more youthful MSM. HIV prevalence among MSM aged 16–19 years stayed unchanged between 2007 and 2014 and ended up being less than that reported for the people aged 20–24 years and people 25 years and above.

Merrigan et al. (2010) reported comparable outcomes among MSM in three states in Nigeria 52. Another study that is recent Nigeria among MSM whom involved with transactional intercourse, showed that MSM aged 25 years and above had been four times more prone to be HIV good than those aged 15–19 years 53. Nonetheless, our findings are contrary to those reported by Beyrer et al. (2012) and (2016) which indicated that more youthful MSM had greater burden of HIV 1, 54. A plausible description for the choosing is the fact that the older MSM have experienced extended experience of HIV through greater amount of intimate lovers, participating in transactional intercourse and greater contact with anal sex that is unprotected. Also, MSM sampled this season and 2014 had been almost certainly going to be HIV good when compared with those who work in 2007 and also this further supports our argument that the exposure that is prolonged higher risk behaviours will be the reason for higher HIV prevalence among older MSM. Young MSM aged 16–19 years will probably nevertheless have support that is parental thus, there’s less socioeconomic stress to take part in high-risk intimate methods such as for instance transactional intercourse. In addition, their networks that are sexual around their peers as opposed to intergenerational intimate lovers and also this limits their contact with older HIV contaminated MSM.

There is an increase that is significant the percentage of MSM who reported making love with feminine lovers between 2007 and 2014. This takes its possible connection between MSM and also the basic populace and so merits conversation because the gains in reduced total of HIV prevalence among the list of basic populace can be eroded by bisexual sexual intercourse among MSM. The rise in bisexuality may mirror the hostility that is increasing stigma and criminalization of MSM in Nigeria. Schwartz et al. (2015) evaluated the instant ramifications of the marriage that is same-sex work in Nigeria and reported a statistically significant boost in proportion of MSM that has feminine lovers following the legislation had been passed in comparison to the pre-law period 13. This coping apparatus towards the stigma that is high criminalization of MSM might also adversely influence their usage of key populace friendly clinics while they continue steadily to conceal their identification also to medical care employees.

This research has some limits. The lack of a potential research team and also the utilization of cross-sectional studies from unmatched cohort limitations the energy of our research and so calls for care when you look at the interpretation for the information. There could be dependence that is potential information from various rounds of IBBSS that might overestimate HIV prevalence if a substantial amount of positives from past rounds were recruited into subsequent rounds or an underestimation of HIV prevalence is a substantial amount of HIV negative MSM were targeted and recruited in subsequent rounds. Future studies ought to include a adjustable to greatly help recognize those who work in past rounds and their HIV status at that round to permit an even more robust estimation of HIV among MSM. Information on HIV prevention programs and therapy protection into the research states had not been available and so could never be accounted for inside our research to individually gauge the impacts among these programs when you look at the research outcome. In addition, information on therapy protection may help give an explanation for noticed enhance if therapy protection ended up being evaluated become low. Another limitation is the fact that of social desirability bias on intimate danger behaviours as information had been self-reported, though the greater boost in constant condom usage during transactional intercourse when compared with non-transactional is related to that observed among female intercourse employees 54 and shows that risks behaviors captured within these scholarly studies might have been under-reported offered the enhance of STIs and HIV observed. Additionally, studies on biological validation of unsafe sex among feminine intercourse employees have indicated over-reporting that is significant of sex 55 and future studies should think about biological validation of protected intercourse among MSM to raised characterize risk behaviours medication usage especially usage of methamphetamine 1 has been connected with HIV among MSM, nevertheless, there was clearly no information on medication usage among MSM in every three rounds associated with study. Further research is needed to determine the relationship of medication usage and HIV among MSM in Nigeria. Finally, not totally all consumers plumped for an HIV ensure that you the percentage of refusal ranged from 10 to 16percent. Whilst the status of these whom rejected an HIV test may not be thought, individuals who declined to go for an HIV test might have done this due to past knowledge of HIV infection and thus prevalence of HIV might have been underestimated within the study that is current afterwards biases the noticed trend in HIV prevalence.


In summary, this the study that is first assess the trend of HIV prevalence among MSM in Nigeria and we also report lots of key observations. Such as other climes, HIV prevalence among MSM in Nigeria is for a progression that is alarming a general increase of 10% point each year over 7 years. No state is spared, and avoidance packages should be holistic and include the utilization of methods aided by the strongest proof of greatest effectiveness in preventing HIV transmission; very very early remedy for partners, 2, 56 condoms 32, 57 and oral preexposure prophylaxis 58. Finally, the HIV epidemic among MSM in Nigeria is severe and plainly, is amongst the defining challenges ahead, and perhaps the essential gap that is critical the nationwide HIV avoidance system to manage the HIV epidemic in Nigeria.

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