”Even if I came here, I can’t be as free as I want.”: Experiences and understandings of sexual health among newly arrived migrant gay men in Northern Sweden
Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Introduction: Men who have sex with men [MSM] as well as migrants from certain parts of the world have higher prevalence of HIV compared to the general public. Migrant MSM are identified as an HIV risk group in Sweden.
Aim: The aim of this study is to explore experiences and understandings of sexual health and safer sex practices among migrant men who have sex with men.
Methods: Data was collected through qualitative semi-structured focus group and individual interviews with a total of five informants. The data was analyzed using grounded theory.
Result: Migrant MSM perceive themselves to lack autonomy in their life, both due to experiences pre-migrating and post-migrating. Different strategies are adopted in attempts to regain autonomy; making independent choices about sexual health becomes important, even if they are not up to what the individual understands as right or healthy. This struggle with autonomy causes fear to cumulate over time. All of these aspects affect the sexual health and may hinder safer sex practices.
Conclusion: Migrant MSM perceive little control and freedom over life and sexual health.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. , 31 p.
Centre for Public Health Report Series, ISSN 1651-341x ; 2016:22
Men who have sex with men, MSM, gay, migrant, HIV, sexual
Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-131556OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-131556DiVA: diva2:1074900
Swedish Federation for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Rights [RFSL] in Umeå and their network for LGBTQ [Lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and queer] -migrants and refugees; Västerbottens läns landsting
Master's Programme in Public Health
2016-05-23, Umeå Universitet, Umeå, 13:58 (English)
Coe, Anna-Britt, Associate Professor
Goicolea, Isabel, Associate Professor