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How to Meet the HIV Prevention Needs of Young Gay Men of Color?

December 1, 2013


Daniel Driffin

Daniel Driffin

Young Black Gay Men's Leadership Initiative, Atlanta, Ga.

I believe the answer starts with advocates, researchers, policy makers and physicians actively bring young gay/bisexual and trans-identified men of color to the table during all levels of communication around the development, implementation and evaluation of research projects aimed to find out information around our lives.

We know a handful of determinants inherently place young people more at risk for HIV. We should determine a way that goes to eliminate those barriers. If a gay/bisexual or transgender youth presents as homeless we can send him/her to a safe, culturally sensitive, temporary housing situation organized under the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and other local/state or federal agencies. While in this program it would also make most sense to take part in other life-skills development around job readiness education, and even the importance of having a positive support system.

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