Black and Latino MSM: Partnerships to Address HIV
Black and Latinx MSM experience the greatest impact of HIV and AIDS in the US. According to CDC data, unless current HIV diagnoses rates are reduced, about 1 in 2 Black MSM and 1 in 4 Latino MSM in the US will be diagnosed with HIV during their lifetime. Stigma, racism, fear, discrimination, and homophobia have been linked to higher HIV risk for Blacks and Latinx MSM. Research highlights the multitude of social and structural challenges that similarly affect Black and Latinx MSM, contributing to higher HIV infection rates among Black and Latinx MSM. Smaller population sizes leads to tighter sexual networks, and the higher likelihood of assortative mixing (within race sexual partnerships), increasing the risk of HIV infection with each new sexual encounter. In addition, Blacks and Latinx experience higher rates of other sexually transmitted infections (STIs), which can significantly increase the risk of getting or transmitting HIV.
Saturday, January 20th, 2018