10 Black HIV/AIDS Advocates Who Are Making a Difference
April 2, 2012
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.
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.
Comment by: nelson
Tue., May. 28, 2013 at 3:15 am EDT
thank u very much michelle after reading your profile i was uplifted im now sure about how we should handle life after one is diagnose with hiv thanks.
Comment by: Theresa
Tue., Aug. 7, 2012 at 1:11 pm EDT
I have ask myself for 15 years now, where are all the white hiv/aids advocates, mother's daughter's and grandmother's just like me living with hiv. yet to meet or run into at one of many of my 15 years of dr visits a white women just like me?
Comment by: TOM ONSONGO
Wed., Jul. 4, 2012 at 3:01 am EDT
Am a man living with HIV for over 20 years that is when I knew my status. I suffered serious self stigma untill I went through treatment literacy. This changed my life for ever. Today I am a programme director of an NGO fighting HIV in kenya. Correct and accurate informatio on HIV/AIDS is key in fightin this disease.
Comment by: Shanasha Whitson
Wed., Apr. 18, 2012 at 3:24 pm EDT
There are 5, 344.861 people in MN, 5.2 % are black but we make up 33% of people infected in Minnesota. As a medical case manager at The Minneapolis Urban League I offer case management for people of color who are positive. We ofer an array of service that keep people in care and get people connected to services. We have got to take back our power and ensure our communities health and wellness.
Comment by: Teresa Sullivan
Mon., Apr. 9, 2012 at 9:34 am EDT
Congrats Brook Kelly, you deserve to be honored and the PWN is grateful to have you as a ally for women living with HIV/AIDS. Your ROCK!
Comment by: Robin Brennan, DrPH
Tue., Apr. 3, 2012 at 4:02 pm EDT
Michael Everett is an empowering leader and human rights advocate who is truly making a difference. His dedication and compassion are inspiring.
Comment by: Gigi Green
Tue., Apr. 3, 2012 at 12:37 pm EDT
Angela Green is my sister. She is a very special person who makes a difference in many lives. I am so glad that she is being recognized for the wonderful woman that she is.
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