California: New AIDS Advocacy Group Comes to Oakland
March 22, 2010
At a recent open house in Oakland, US Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) and others welcomed the Global Forum on MSM & HIV to its new headquarters downtown.
The forum was launched during the 16th International AIDS Conference in Toronto in 2006 to improve HIV prevention strategies for men who have sex with men (MSM). The group moved to Oakland in January, in part due to the city's response to its epidemic among MSM of color.
"We're looking forward to working with both our local partners and those abroad to make sure we address these issues," said George Ayala, executive officer of the Global Forum.
Lee said gaps in MSM HIV prevention and care strategies in the southern hemisphere, an area where the forum is currently working, are similar to those among minority populations in the United States. Attempts to eliminate those inequities globally also affect people locally, she said.
"When we say globally, I'm not just talking about somewhere in the world," said Lee. "I'm talking about right here."
"MSM everywhere suffer from a dearth of investment, research, and HIV-related programming," said Othman Mellouk, co-chair of the forum's steering committee and president of a Moroccan AIDS organization. For more information, visit www.msmgf.org.
Contra Costa Times
03.01.2010; Chris Metinko
This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.