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Being Forced to Become Your Own Doctor: Men Who Have Sex with Men's Experiences of Stigma in the Tanzanian Healthcare System
Malmö högskola, Faculty of Health and Society (HS), Department of Social Work (SA).
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2016 (English)In: International Journal of Sexual Health, ISSN 1931-7611, E-ISSN 1931-762X, Vol. 28, no 2, p. 163-175Article in journal (Refereed)
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Objective: To acquire a deepened understanding of how stigma in healthcare affects health-seeking behaviors of same-sex practising men in Tanzania. Methods: In-depth interviews with 12 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, rumors 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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Taylor & Francis, 2016. Vol. 28, no 2, p. 163-175
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Homophobia, qualitative studies, gay men, sexual minorities, STIs
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-5326DOI: 10.1080/19317611.2016.1158763ISI: 000384031100005PubMedID: 28491204Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84966702468Local ID: 25924OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mau-5326DiVA, id: diva2:1402181
Available from: 2020-02-28 Created: 2020-02-28 Last updated: 2024-02-05Bibliographically approved

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