Kenya: Incidence and risk factors for sexual assault among MSM and women

In Kenya, these key populations are known to be vulnerable in the countries HIV epidemic, but service responses are challenging due to criminalisation of sex work and same sex behaviour, homophobia, and public antipathy toward these groups.

MSM reported a very similar incidence of rape to female sex workers. Most perpetrators of rape were known to the victim of assault, but MSMs were more often assaulted by random members of the public than FSWs were.

These first data on the incidence of rape among MSM in Kenya suggest that the need for post-rape care is likely similar to that among FSW.  This may need to involve health interventions such as post-exposure prophylaxis to prevent HIV transmission and to support mental health as well as access to broader social and legal support. Read More