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Men in Cote d’Ivoire aren’t being tested for HIV because they are afraid of what the impact of a positive result would be on not only their health, but their family, work, social status and sexuality. But being tested is the only way to get treated — and reduce the risk of the spread of the virus.
Across Africa, women are more likely to be tested and treated for HIV and are more likely to stay on treatment than men. Men tend to avoid testing and when they do access care, it is often at a later stage of infection. We see