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The Deaf MSM Project

This is a new project launched in 2012 in partnership with The American Foundation for AIDS Research (AmFAR). The project aims to contribute to mobilising South African Deaf men-who-have-sex-with-men (MSM) to address HIV issues in their communities, and in so doing to build a strong foundation for future interventions. Specific objectives for the project include:

  • To build Deaf MSM capacity in the areas of HIV prevention activism, knowledge, and resources development.
  • To evaluate the effectiveness of engaging Deaf MSM in HIV prevention leadership using art-based approaches.
  • To build greater awareness of HIV issues in Deaf MSM communities amongst organizations and service providers (public and private) in the disability, HIV/AIDS, LGBT and human rights sectors, and to promote the integration of HIV issues in Deaf MSM communities into the activities of these organizations and service providers.

"I believe in myself and I am a strong deaf gay (person)"

An oral history project with Deaf gay and lesbian South Africans

John Meletse and Ruth Morgan presented this paper at the 2012 World Federation for the Deaf in Durban. The paper forms part of GALA's Deaf LGBT oral history project.

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Project Coordinator

John MeletseJohn Meletse

For enquires about the Deaf MSM Project, or to become a participant, please contact John.