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Type Journal Article - International Journal of Sexual Health
Title Being Forced to become your Own Doctor - Men Who Have Sex with Men's Experiences of Stigma in the Tanzanian Healthcare System
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Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2016
Page numbers 00-00
URL http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/19317611.2016.1158763
Objective: To acquire a deepened understanding of how stigma in healthcare affects health-seeking behaviours of same-sex practising men in Tanzania. Methods: In-depth interviews with twelve men were conducted in Dar es Salaam, 2012. Data were interpreted through qualitative content analysis. Results: Narratives revealed that men's healthcare perceptions were shaped by previous encounters, rumours in gay community, norms and legislation around homosexuality. Fears of exposure aggravated men's possibilities of giving full anamnesis and detached them from formal healthcare services. Conclusions: Stigma in healthcare might lead to severe public health problems due to perceived exclusion from the health system by sexual minorities.

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