Sexual minority communities in India have long faced challenges in accessing public services, including healthcare. Given that HIV places a significant burden on male-born sexual minorities around the world, the range of HIV-related services is supposedly one of the interventions that specially targets them. However, questions abound on the nature of these interventions. This document highlights these questions and draws largely from a series of focus group discussions with male-born sexual minorities conducted by sexual minority activists in 11 districts in Karnataka, India.
The report sketches the barriers encountered in receiving or seeking care in terms of access and availability of services. It ends with a set of recommendations that have emerged from the sexual minority communities for policymakers, health-workers and activists.