CitationPoteat, Tonia; Logie, Carmen H.; Adams, Darrin; Mothopeng, Tampose; Lebona, Judith; Letsie, Puleng; & Baral, Stefan D. (2015). Stigma, Sexual Health, and Human Rights among Women Who Have Sex with Women in Lesotho. Reproductive Health Matters, 23(46), 107-16. PMCID: PMC4957655
AbstractIn recent years, gender and sexual minorities have become increasingly visible across sub-Saharan Africa, marking both the progression and violation of their human rights. Using data from a study with sexual minorities in Lesotho, this analysis leveraged the social ecological model to examine relationships between stigma, human rights, and sexual health among women who have sex with women in Lesotho. A community-based participatory approach was used for the mixed-method, cross-sectional study. A total of 250 women who have sex with women completed a structured questionnaire, of which 21 participated in a total of three focus group discussions. Stigma was common within and outside the health sector. Stigma and human rights abuses were associated with increased risk for HIV and STIs. Interventions to address stigma at the structural, community, and interpersonal levels are essential to ensuring sexual health and rights for women who have sex with women in Lesotho.
Reference TypeJournal Article
Journal TitleReproductive Health Matters
Logie, Carmen H.
Baral, Stefan D.