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

December 1, 2013

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Brandon Wollerson

Brandon Wollerson

Travis County Integral Care, Austin, Texas

I think it first starts with listening to them, and involving them in the creation of our prevention strategies. That way, we are talking "with" them, and not "to" them. I think we have to start having an honest discussion about PrEP. With expanded knowledge of the benefits of PrEP, I think we have to also think about access to PrEP. How do we ensure that the newest "tool" in the prevention tool belt is accessible to all, regardless of socioeconomic status?

I think we've begun to really engage in the conversation of eliminating stigma through projects such as The Stigma Project and the blog "I'm Still Josh." I would like to see communities of faith step up to the plate, and begin to engage in faithful dialog that creates a spirit of safety and openness to young gay men of color. By doing this, we begin to address the shame and internalized homophobia that further perpetuate HIV-related risk factors.




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