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Stigma, Sexual Health, and Human Rights among Women Who Have Sex with Women in Lesotho

Citation

Poteat, 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

Abstract

In 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.

URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.rhm.2015.11.020

Reference Type

Journal Article

Journal Title

Reproductive Health Matters

Author(s)

Poteat, Tonia
Logie, Carmen H.
Adams, Darrin
Mothopeng, Tampose
Lebona, Judith
Letsie, Puleng
Baral, Stefan D.

Year Published

2015

Volume Number

23

Issue Number

46

Pages

107-16

PMCID

PMC4957655

Reference ID

12896