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Researching stigmatised communities: lessons from a study of MSM in India
  1. Vijay Kumar Silan1,
  2. Shashi Kant2
  1. 1Department of Community Medicine, BPS Govt. Medical College for Women, Sonepat, Haryana, India
  2. 2Centre for Community Medicine, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India
  1. Correspondence to Vijay Kumar Silan, Department of Community Medicine, BPS Govt. Medical College for Women, Khanpur Kalan, Sonepat, Haryana, India; vijay.silan{at}

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Research with men who have sex with men (MSM) involves many challenges, largely related to the stigma experienced by this community. We describe here our approach in India, which we hope may be useful to future researchers.

Initial rapport building with stakeholders helped us gain an initial understanding of how to formulate our research and obtain undocumented information about the MSM. For example, we familiarised ourselves with code words …

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