Concerns for Black Gay/Bisexual HIV Raised to Global Platform at Dominican Republic Conference

Published: April 26, 2011

Much of the recent HIV/AIDS data on Black gay and bisexual men — or, "men who have sex with men" (MSM) in public health jargon — has been sobering. A recent Centers for Disease Control study of more than 8,100 MSM found almost one in three Black MSM are HIV positive, compared to only 16 percent of white gay/ and bisexual men. The numbers were even higher in some cities.

Just like the recent reports of soaring black MSM seroconversions in Chicago, New York and other cities, the national data on barely made a "blip" on the local news. But as the rate of HIV infections among Black MSM in America and the Caribbean continue to skyrocket, their specific health needs reached a global platform at the 2011 Black Diaspora MSM Consultation in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.

The weekend conference was held from March 31 to April 3 and organized by the Black AIDS Institute, the African & Black Global Diaspora Network (ABDGN) and the Black Gay Men’s Network, a professional leadership community. The conference brought together 40+ researchers, policy makers, HIV/AIDS prevention advocates and physicians from four continents to organize around opportunities and threats Black MSM are facing across the Diaspora.

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