Conversations from AIDS 2012: Ron Valdiserri and Terrance Moore on Addressing HIV Disparities Among Black Gay & Bisexual Men

Editor’s Note: We had opportunities to catch up with so many great partners on so many important issues while at the XIX International Conference on AIDS (AIDS 2012) last week, we’ll continue bringing you interviews this week and next.

In this conversation from AIDS 2012, Dr. Ron Valdiserri, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health, Infectious Diseases and Director of the Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, speaks with Mr. Terrance Moore, Director of Policy and Health Equity at the National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD Exit Disclaimer). They discussed the disproportionate impact of HIV/AIDS among African American gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men and efforts underway at the national and state levels to address this disparity. They touch on efforts to increase HIV testing among this population, including CDC’s new Testing Makes Us Stronger campaign which Mr. Moore advised on, the importance of improving linkage to and retention in care among this population, and the domestic and global struggles to address and reduce stigma which undercuts these efforts.

Watch their brief conversation below. Then, in the Comments section below, share your ideas for improving HIV prevention, care and treatment for Black gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men.

You can also read more on this important topic in our post AIDS 2012: HIV in Gay and Bisexual Men.

Stay tuned for more posts featuring conversations from AIDS 2012 later this week and next.


  1. In response to the recent conversation between Mr. Terrrance Moore, Director of Policy and Health and Equality at the National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS (NASTAD, and Dr. Ron Valdiserri, who is Director Assistant Secretary for Health, Infectious Diseases and Director of the Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease policy, regarding the status of MSM AIDS prevention, particularly among POC(people of color). I strongly feel we are on the wrong course with “prevention,” we have YET to demostrate to the community how to live responsibilly with the “DIS-ease” of AID/HIV this why the stigma continues to grow at an alarming rate among MSMs. We need most to create a NATIONAL conversation with transparentcy about AIDS, and human sexuailty and how it impacts our social, community, professional life and most of our spiritual life…we need to bring EVERY church group into this national conversation and NO! is not an answer unless of course they wish to give up their TAX EXempt status. Sex education is just what it says it is SEX EDUCATION, so why not teach sex education in a educational setting? I support this theory with the fact that after 30 years of this disease being in business OUR YOUTH is negatively impacted by the business of AIDS. All the surveys, tests, community groups, support groups, are of NO use if the people who particate are not going to be honest about what their doing and what they are afraid of. I support that comment with my personal experience of working with CBOs in Chicago area (North and South) and the difference between the North and the South is shameful and very dishonest. I worked on the first risk factors HIV/AIDS survey for Transgender female of color, I have served on the Chicago Area HIV/AIDS Planning council… and the list goes on…my point is I have some honest experience in this area I mentioned. I regret what I witness is AIDS/HIV being institionalized into an Mega corporation, with Hosiptals, pharmaceutial companies, doctors drugs stores, and funeral parlors earning a profit, and the poor being left to die, and not enough passion on the ground level to reach out and touch those who are afraid and stigmatized by HIV/AIDS.. I have personally met folks who would rather die than be mistreated in an health clinic or be even be seen in an HIV/AIDS clinic in their respective community. I have lived with this disease now more than 15 years and in the last year in Chicago I feel its a full time job just keeping up with “assets to care”. I would love to complete college and get off the Medicare, SSI rolls but, atlas there is NO easy or conforting transition from one to the other without lieing to someone…and we all know you just don’t lie to the government ..right? I repeat we need real honest national conversation about AIDS with the folks who are being largely impacted today…to get this population to understand they MUST be honest with themselves and reponsible to others they come in contact with sexually and stop spreading what they hate to others. It to me that the price we will pay for racism and all those other “isms” has come due? Why not ask the african-American community and the MSM community get business and take care of themselves in there own community, I believe they may want this? I know I do because people who are afraid to live in and come to your neighborhood are NOT likely going to help you..but take advange of you. SHAME is my response to thirty years od so-call EDucation of AIDS, with the infection rate climbing to 50%+ in African-American community with a large MSM population. I am living this nightmare. Helena Bushong, Chicago, IL.

  2. So AIDS is a behavioral affliction and not due to the phantom virus ycleped “HIV”

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