Releasing results of Bio-behavioral surveillance survey among men having sex with men

Georgia is among the countries with low HIV/AIDS prevalence but with a high potential for the development of a widespread epidemic. However, over the past several years while transmission through injecting drug use is still the prevailing route for HIV spread, the role of heterosexual transmission is increasing. According to the national HIV surveillance system, infections acquired through homosexual contact account for a small proportion of all HIV cases.

Curatio International Foundation and Association Tanadgoma release a study report on Bio-behavioral surveillance survey (BSS) among men who have sex with men (MSM) in Tbilisi, Georgia.

This study evaluated prevalence of HIV and other STIs (Hepatitis B and C, Syphilis, Chlamydia, Herpes type-2 virus) and sexual risk behaviors among MSM in Tbilisi. Overall 278 respondents aged ≥18 years and having homosexual contact during last year were recruited using Respondent Driven Sampling (RDS) technique. The study findings has changed the country HIV epidemiological picture, moving from a low level to a concentrated epidemic among MSM in Tbilisi. The study provides recommendations for advocacy and policy level.

The study was implemented in 2010 within the GFATM funded HIV/AIDS surveillance system strengthening project.

Read the full version of the report to learn more on study methodology and findings.

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