Table 2

Characteristics of MSM sites in Dar es Salaam (n*)

Type of siteCommercial premises80
Park/bench/open area8
Non-commercial premises9
Other (ghetto)1
FormalityFormal acknowledgement of gay clientele11
Known to public33
Known to MSM citywide32
Known only locally22
Hours of activityDaytime7
Evening21
Night-time35
24 h23
Specific hours11
Nature of siteContact place46
Social place32
Sex on site20
Approximate players per hour3–68
7–1248
13–1830
19–3010
Sex workers (SWs) present30
Vehicle cruising0
Social meeting17
Entertainment at club-bar56
Tourists5
Hotel/guest house7
Restaurant/saloon2
Law enforcement activityRegular3
Occasional2
Sporadic1
None91
Vigilante activityRegular4
Sporadic3
None72
Unknown11
Source of informationKey informant82
Rumour14
Gay guide/internet2
  • How long known for gay/MSM activity: n=75, range 2–33 years, mean 11.4, median 11, SD=6.3.

  • *n=98: n can be read as approximate percentage.