The burden of sexually transmitted infections among men who have sex with men (MSM) in Kisumu, Kenya.
This study, which is led by the Nyanza Reproductive Health Society, looks at the burden of hepatitis and STIs among MSM, who are participating in the Anza Mapema project.
The study has enrolled 764 MSM and assessed them for hepatitis B and C; HSV-2; syphilis; and urine and rectal chlamydia and gonorrhoea. Participants have been followed at three-monthly intervals over a 12-month period and received medical examinations and screening for STIs. Assessments of risk-behaviour are also conducted. HIV-positive participants are linked to care and HIV-negative participants receive support from a peer-led behavioural risk-reduction programme as part of the Anza Mapema project.
In 2017 the study was extended to include a PrEP arm. Additional data is being collected to provide information on the acceptability of and adherence to PrEP, and PrEP initiation protocols.