Peter Njane was still in college when he first started volunteering with Ishtar , a community-based organization in Nairobi, Kenya. During that time in , the organization was little more than a group of individuals getting together and discussing issues around being LGBTQ in the East African country. Ishtar also has the distinction of being the first health care clinic in Kenya run by gay men that serves a population primarily of gay men. Njane saw a need for a clinic where gay and queer men in Nairobi could come for services without the fear of judgment, and in after receiving funding, Njane was able to turn Ishtar into the type of clinic that he wanted it to be. Staffed by gay men and members of the community, Ishtar provides a host of preventive services, including health education, HIV counseling and testing, screening and treatment for sexually transmitted infections, and advice and open forum discussions. Njane shared the story of a gay Ugandan man who came to the clinic after being sick for more than a year.
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Kenya's First Gay Health Clinic Provides Care Without the Judgment
Back to Live Well. An STI can be passed from one person to another through sexual contact, including vaginal, anal and oral sex. Many STIs can be cured with antibiotics. Some, such as HIV , have no cure, but can be treated to prevent them getting worse. You cannot tell by looking at someone including yourself whether they have an infection, so it's important to get a check-up if you have had unprotected sex or think you might be at risk.
Black men who have sex with men suffer among the highest HIV rates of any population in the world. In both cases, too many men are unaware of their infection. These statistics are staggering, yet Black gay men have the power and strength to reverse them by learning about HIV and how to protect themselves and their community.
Tim Burak was born in Seattle in and grew up in White Center. He received a B. A, in English from the University of Washington in He taught at Shorter College, a historically Black college in North Little Rock, Arkansas beginning in , and in , he moved back to Seattle in order to live more openly as a gay man. Burak began working at the Seattle-King County Department of Public Health in , coordinating the planning and operations for medical and dental clinics serving low-income families.