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The Rising Rates of HIV Among Black and Latino Men: What's Going On?

    Kenyon Farrow
    Kenyon Farrow, Executive Director of Queers for Economic Justice
    Sheldon D. Fields, Ph.D., R.N.
    Sheldon D. Fields, Ph.D., R.N., Associate Professor of Nursing at the University of Rochester Medical Center -- School of Nursing
    Vaughn Taylor-Akutagawa
    Vaughn Taylor-Akutagawa, Deputy Executive Director of Gay Men of African Descent
    Francisco Roque
    Francisco Roque, Director of Community Health at New York's Gay Men Health Crisis
    "We have created a paradigm where, now that HIV is targeting a different community, where there's been this shift, we begin to deal with folks as though they are just broken, solely. And the industry has become more and more professionalized." _\-- Francisco Roque_
    "We cannot ignore the fact that poverty impacts this. People are not just simply focused on whether or not I am, or am not, going to be at risk for HIV -- if I don't have a home, a place; I don't have food; I don't have a job. Some of that is playing out a little bit more." _\-- Sheldon D. Fields, Ph.D., R.N._
    "We hear a lot of conversation about meeting the client where they're at; and I think we do a great job. The challenge, without the adaptation of home interventions, is to not leave the clients where they are. So we look at making sure that everything we do is health literate." _\-- Vaughn Taylor-Akutagawa_
    "So while it's great to say that we're going to get people in there, and we're going to reduce the community viral load, most people can't give you a clear definition of what they consider 'community.' And for those who aren't out, they don't know the names or the status of their partners. They don't even ask. They barely ask about condom usage." _\-- Vaughn Taylor-Akutagawa_
    "Young, gay men just didn't experience the mass death of friends and lovers, and so on and so forth, in the 1980s and the early '90s, and so they don't have a relationship to the disease in the way that men who are older, who were sexually active adults at the time of the early part of the AIDS crisis." _\-- Kenyon Farrow_
    "The truth is that young, gay men of color are having unprotected sex for the very same reasons that everyone else is having unprotected sex: for love, for connection, for intimacy, for touch, for sex, for pleasure. There's nothing different that's happening. And we know this." _\-- Francisco Roque_
    "I think that while we are continuing to develop approaches that work for our communities, we need to also highlight what's working and continue to lift people up. Because certainly, folks are coming to the table and wrestling with this in innovative ways that we need to celebrate." _\-- Francisco Roque_