In Togo, male-to-male sexual activity is highly stigmatized and homophobia prevents most MSM from freely expressing their sexual identity, except with trusted peers. To overcome this barrier, PSI recruited and trained 17 young men to serve as peer educators and reach MSM with HIV prevention messages and products. Using their social networks, these men are able to reach other MSM to share HIV prevention messages and provide discreet distribution channels for condoms and sexual lubricants, two important HIV prevention products that men in the study reported difficulty accessing. Each month PSI-supported peer educators reach more than 300 men and distribute over 2,000 condoms and 70 tubes of water-based lubricant.
Institutional Sponsor: psi Togo