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Federal government websites often end in. The site is secure. We conducted a cross-sectional study from February to March in nine major cities of Togo. The respondent-driven sampling method was used to recruit MSM. Behavioral data were collected by interviewer-administered questionnaires. Qualitative variables were compared using the chi A total of MSM were involved in this study, with Over the past 12 months, The last sexual intercourse was with a casual partner among During the last 30 days preceding the survey, Thus, the need to rethink HIV sensitization and prevention strategies targeting hidden and stigmatized populations such as MSM.
Globally, HIV infection rates among men having sexual intercourse with other men MSM are far higher than among the general population [ 1 ]. In sub-Saharan Africa, reliable data are scarce and difficult to obtain because of stigma and socio-cultural taboos linked to homosexuality [ 3 ]. However, some studies conducted in Africa in this regard reveal an HIV prevalence rate 3 to 4 times higher than that noticed among the general population [ 4 ].
Finally, in Nigeria, a national survey of MSM revealed a 1. Like Togo, many countries do not yet have a national surveillance system for most-at-risk populations. The only surveillance data available are sentinel sero-surveillance results obtained from pregnant women aged 15 to 49 years during antenatal consultations.
Latest estimates revealed a prevalence rate of 2. However, the spread of the epidemic among highly exposed populations such as MSM, sex workers SWS and injectable drug users is still unknown. In , a prevalence study conducted in six major localities in Togo among MSM recruited through the snowball method revealed an average HIV prevalence rate of The aim of this study, four years after the previous one, is to assess sexual behavior and measure HIV prevalence among MSM in Togo, in , and to assess the impact of interventions implemented among this population since 4 years in the country.
Type and period of study : Tt was a transversal study with a descriptive and analytic orientation, conducted from February to March , in Togo, among a sample population recruited using the Respondent Driven Sampling RDS method.