Some 6, 000 men in Malindi town are gays which impended on the fight against HIV and Aids in the tourists’ resort town, a recent survey has revealed.
A specialist in Sexually Transmitted diseases at Malindi Sub County hospital Mr. Godfrey Njoroge said the number could be higher considering the 6, 000 had been documented after seeking medication at the facility
In his report, Njoroge blamed the rising cases of HIV in the region to gaysm adding that the number of commercial gay sex workers was also on the rise but it was done in secrecy.
He also warned the 6, 000 gays that they highly risked contracting HIV adding some of them could already have contracted the virus.
As you are aware, that area of the body (anus) was not meant for sexual penetration. The area is sensitive and vulnerable to HIV infections, he cautioned.
On how they were responding to the problem, Njoroge surprisingly said the government through NGOs distributed condoms and lubricants to gays to help them practice safe sex.
And following the revelation, alarmed community leaders in Malindi town have appealed to the national and county governments to urgently work out modalities of restoring morality among all citizens.
The Coordinator Maarufu Anti-Drugs and HIV Project in Kilifi County Mr. Famau Mohamed blamed the government and other agencies for fanning the anti-social behaviour by distributing contraceptives and lubricants.
Speaking to the press in Malindi Wednesday, Famau termed dwindling tourism sector and lack of proper parental guidance to soaring gay relations in Malindi town.
This matter might be the reasons why there are a lot of marriage break ups in our area because if a young man is gay, how then will he meet the demands of the wife? he lamented.
On the other hand, the Secretary General of Malindi Cultural Association Mr. Joseph Mwarandu said modern media technology may have contributed to the vice that needed to be condemned by all as it was against the norms of society.
Mr. Mwarandu termed the survey’s findings as shocking. The study only helps injure the reputation of Malindi. The government should tighten rules and stop NGOs that support the vice, he stressed.
Source: Kenya News Agency