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As a result, many men who have sex with men delayed or avoided seeking health care altogether, especially for health problems that might mark them as homosexual, such as sexually transmitted diseases.
Because the presence of other sexually transmitted diseases heightens the risk of HIV transmission, such discrimination may have fatal consequences.
In some cases, homophobic police violence is a catalyst for violence and serious – sometimes lethal – abuse by others.
On June 18, 2004, a mob chased and reportedly "chopped, stabbed and stoned to death" a man perceived to be gay in Montego Bay.
Women who have sex with women: women who engage in sexual behavior with other women, but do not necessarily identify as "gay," "homosexual," "lesbian" or "bisexual." Many Jamaicans speak "patois" or Jamaican creole in addition to Caribbean Standard English.
The following patois words and phrases appear in this report: battyman: "Batty" is slang meaning buttocks.
Discrimination also spreads HIV/AIDS in Jamaica by discouraging at-risk individuals from seeking HIV-related information or health care.
"battyman fi dead:" gay men should be dead/killed; gay men must die "battyman mus' dead:" gay men should be dead/killed; gay men must die chi chi man: derogatory term for a man who has sex with men.Homosexual: a person attracted primarily to people of the same sex.Lesbian: a female attracted primarily to other females.Visible symptoms heightened the discrimination they faced, which in turn created further barriers to obtaining treatment.
People suffering from visible HIV-related symptoms were sometimes denied passage on public and private transportation, making it difficult to obtain any medical care at facilities beyond walking distance.
LGBT: lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender; an inclusive term for groups and identities sometimes also associated together as "sexual minorities." Men who have sex with men: men who engage in sexual behavior with other men, but do not necessarily identify as "gay," "homosexual" or "bisexual." Sexual orientation: the way in which a person's sexual and emotional desires are directed.