2013. 11 p.
Journal of Gay and Lesbian Mental Health, 17, (4), pp. 406-414
In Botswana, homosexuality is criminalized, stigmatized, and considered by some to be “un-African.” Unsurprisingly in this context there has been scant research on lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) issues. This paper reviews what research has been done in the areas of HIV risk, substance abuse, and mental health; explores the issues facing LGBs in Botswana; and offers recommendations for policy and future research. Notable findings reviewed include high rates of men who have sex with men also engaging in heterosexual relationships, and high rates of suicidal thoughts and substance use in the LGB community. Human rights practitioners and health professionals have called for repealing sodomy laws and creating programs specific for LGBs in order to effectively promote health in this population.
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