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6 Jun 2019

Study finds there are 210,000 men who have sex with men in Singapore

Researchers warned the population could face a concentrated HIV epidemic.

New research estimates there are 210,000 men who have sex with men (MSM) in Singapore. A study by the National University of Singapore (NUS) said this population segment, more than double the previous estimate of 90,000, could be at risk of a concentrated epidemic of HIV.

The research published earlier this month named (MSM) as the largest of four key populations at risk of HIV infection in the city-state where gay sex is illegal. Researchers scaled up a representative sample of 199 people who were asked how many MSM they knew. ‘The national size estimates of at-risk populations generated will help determine the magnitude and resources required for national HIV prevention and intervention efforts’ researchers said. ‘The figure for MSM is somewhat larger than we thought’ said Roy Chan from Action for Aids (AfA) Singapore.

‘This is a useful study and give us a basis for program planning and resourcing’ he told Gay Star News, the LGBT news and editorial provider. He said AfA used the projections for its blueprint to end HIV in the city. But, the health professional said, the study should be repeated on a larger scale.

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Reader's Comments

1. 2019-06-09 14:32  
i don't get it, why is this a huge thing? i'm sure there are way more gay men in singapore than just these 200k .. why is it so wrong to be gay in the asian continent? it's so fucked
2. 2019-06-10 21:37  
That is about 3.75% of the population of 5.6 Million. There should be more...closer to 5%
3. 2019-06-12 03:30  
yes i'm thinking the same as well, there should be much more than just that 200k amount of people
4. 2019-06-17 15:33  
The survey was of Singaporeans, not the large overall Singapore community. That gives a total population of just under 4 million born in Singapore. Take away the 14.8% who are under the age of consent and the percentage comes to 12.37%. That is way over the notional world average.
5. 2019-07-09 13:11
could it be that... the people surveyed are not 100% telling the truth? shocking.
6. 2019-07-09 13:13
> That is about 3.75% of the population of 5.6 Million. There should be more...closer to 5%

@fitnfriendly: what is the basis for the 5% number? from kinsey's "10% of all population is gay", then "gay men" is 5% of the population?

if we count gay men and bisexual men, the number should be closer to 30%, even :)

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