Patrick Wilson, Assistant Professor of Sociomedical Sciences, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, New York
With HIV rates among young black MSM on the rise, Patrick Wilson's research focusing on HIV risk, prevention and sexuality is invaluable. Throughout the years, he has explored a range of topics including how sexual abuse, poverty, social networking and discrimination collide with HIV prevention.Show More
Some of his standout work includes the 2011 research project and campaign "You&Me."
This joint project conducted by San Francisco State University, the University of California at San Francisco and Columbia University looks at same-sex relationships not only among black MSM but also interracial couples -- a topic largely ignored by researchers -- and tries to better understand the types of negotiations and decisions that affect their sexual health.
Wilson also has his eye on the role that black churches could play in HIV prevention among MSM. In a recent paper published in Global Public Health, Wilson addressed the homophobia in the black church and proposed certain strategies the church could adopt in order to address sexuality in a productive and affirming way that engages MSM.
Hopefully the church is listening.