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FIJI

Male to Male relationships: Legal
Punishments for male to male relationships: No law
Female to Female Relationships: Legal
Age of consent: Equal for heterosexuals and homosexuals

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(user currently living in FIJI) posted for readers on 08/08/2011 +10
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"Secret Lives, Other Voices... A Community-Based Study exploring male to male sex, gender identity and HIV transmission Risks in Fiji."

In Fiji, very little is known about the social and sexual behaviours or men who have sex with men and transgender persons and how they relate to HIV risk and access HIV prevention services. Although global and regional evidence show that these communities are at higher risk of HIV infection, a well informed and appropriate strategy for this population is lacking. To address this situation and contribute to ongoing national and regional efforts to better respond to HIV and STI, the AIDS Task Force of Fiji (ATFF) -with technical expertise provided by the New South Wales AIDS Council (ACON), Sydney, Australia and support from the UNDP regional programme- has conducted a research-action project exploring male to male sex, gender identity and HIV transmission risk in urban Fiji.

The project recently completed is the first research engaging with men who have sex with men (MSM) and transgender (TG) people in Fiji since 1998 that fully involves the community. MSM and Transgender community members of various ethnic background were involved in every stages of the process, including initiation of the study, planning and study design, data collection, data entry, data analysis and reporting.

The results show that despite the high levels of knowledge regarding HIV in Fiji, many people are simply not motivated to use condoms. Despite the recent removal of discriminatory laws, these communities remain highly stigmatized. Participants identified significant barriers to HIV testing, such as: lack of trust in clinics, confidentiality issues, privacy issues, and the feeling to be judged by unfriendly clinic staff. The majority of respondents (approximately 67-70%) had never been approached by HIV outreach workers. Up to 30% of the respondents have experienced physical violence in the past 6 months. The results also showed that the boundaries between “ordinary sex” and “transactional sex” are often blurred in Fiji.

These findings suggest that specific and targeted approaches to prevention and sexual health services for MSM and transgender persons are urgently needed. For these efforts to ‘work’ homophobia, transphobia and gender based-violence need to be addressed at the societal level and greater community empowerment is needed to ensure the dignity and rights of everyone are promoted, fulfilled and protected.

For a copy of the executive summary of the report please email to amithi.fiji.project@gmail.com.

Sincerely

Niraj Singh (Project Manager)
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(user currently living in FIJI) posted for readers on 08/08/2011 +10
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"Secret Lives, Other Voices... A Community-Based Study exploring male to male sex, gender identity and HIV transmission Risks in Fiji."

In Fiji, very little is known about the social and sexual behaviours or men who have sex with men and transgender persons and how they relate to HIV risk and access HIV prevention services. Although global and regional evidence show that these communities are at higher risk of HIV infection, a well informed and appropriate strategy for this population is lacking. To address this situation and contribute to ongoing national and regional efforts to better respond to HIV and STI, the AIDS Task Force of Fiji (ATFF) -with technical expertise provided by the New South Wales AIDS Council (ACON), Sydney, Australia and support from the UNDP regional programme- has conducted a research-action project exploring male to male sex, gender identity and HIV transmission risk in urban Fiji.

The project recently completed is the first research engaging with men who have sex with men (MSM) and transgender (TG) people in Fiji since 1998 that fully involves the community. MSM and Transgender community members of various ethnic background were involved in every stages of the process, including initiation of the study, planning and study design, data collection, data entry, data analysis and reporting.

The results show that despite the high levels of knowledge regarding HIV in Fiji, many people are simply not motivated to use condoms. Despite the recent removal of discriminatory laws, these communities remain highly stigmatized. Participants identified significant barriers to HIV testing, such as: lack of trust in clinics, confidentiality issues, privacy issues, and the feeling to be judged by unfriendly clinic staff. The majority of respondents (approximately 67-70%) had never been approached by HIV outreach workers. Up to 30% of the respondents have experienced physical violence in the past 6 months. The results also showed that the boundaries between “ordinary sex” and “transactional sex” are often blurred in Fiji.

These findings suggest that specific and targeted approaches to prevention and sexual health services for MSM and transgender persons are urgently needed. For these efforts to ‘work’ homophobia, transphobia and gender based-violence need to be addressed at the societal level and greater community empowerment is needed to ensure the dignity and rights of everyone are promoted, fulfilled and protected.

For a copy of the executive summary of the report please email to amithi.fiji.project@gmail.com.

Sincerely

Niraj Singh (Project Manager)
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