The Humsafar Trust, Mumbai, India

Empowering Communities of Men Who Have Sex with Men to Prevent HIV

Humsafar created a safe haven and provided support for Mumbai’s emerging community of men who have sex with men (MSM) and transgender people (TG), too often the victims of familial rejection, social discrimination, and violence. But new challenges lay ahead. HIV loomed as a growing threat, particularly in a city as diverse as Mumbai, whose tolerance has made it a magnet for sexual minorities. Like the handful of organizations in India with similar mandates, Humsafar quickly recognized that it needed to take up the challenge of HIV since, at that point early in the country’s epidemic, the Government of India typically neglected the prevention needs of MSM in its programming.



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