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NIH-Funded Study Finds Critical Population Adheres to PrEP with Coordinated Care

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New findings suggest that black men who have sex with men (BMSM) with access to a novel coordinated care program can adhere to pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), a medication regimen that helps prevent HIV infection in uninfected individuals. Researchers reported their results today at a press conference at the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI)…

Tremendous Progress Made in HIV, but Serious Disparities Remain

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Summary: Data released at this year’s CROI meeting demonstrates need for continued focus and action. This week, I’m in Boston for the annual Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI). It’s one of the premier scientific meetings where we hear the latest research in HIV prevention and treatment. Last year, for example, researchers presented undeniable…

Half of black gay men and a quarter of Latino gay men projected to be diagnosed within their lifetime

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If current HIV diagnoses rates persist, about 1 in 2 black men who have sex with men (MSM) and 1 in 4 Latino MSM in the United States will be diagnosed with HIV during their lifetime, according to a new analysis by researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The study, presented…

Addressing the Burden of HIV Infection in Young Black Men

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February 7th marked the annual observance of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD) . Led by the Strategic Leadership Council, this initiative was designed to increase HIV education, testing, community involvement, and treatment among black communities across the nation. Even with this national health observance and other efforts, findings from a new CDC study support the…

#mypositivespin – helping address stigma in the Black community

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Last March, we launched the digital storytelling project, Positive Spin to continue to raise awareness and understanding of the HIV care continuum. Given the disproportionate impact of HIV on young Black gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men (MSM) and our ongoing commitment to using new media tools in HIV efforts, Positive…

Driving down HIV disparities among African Americans

Eugene McCray, M.D., Director, Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention, National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention, CDC

National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, held every year on February 7, is a time to take stock of the progress we’ve made in addressing the burden of HIV among African Americans. Even though African Americans continue to be disproportionately affected by HIV in the United States, accounting for almost half of all HIV diagnoses in…

“We Are Family” Highlights Critical Role Support Plays For Those Living with HIV

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When Masonia was diagnosed with HIV, her childhood best friend, Crystal, was one of the first people she told. “I wanted her to know she could talk to me about anything, and I would not judge her,” says Crystal recalling that day. Since that day, Crystal has been a constant source of support for Masonia,…

Giving and Getting the Gift of Health Care

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Summary: This holiday season, Douglas Brooks shares his gratitude for quality health care, living with HIV over the last 25 years. I was diagnosed with HIV 25 years ago. At the time, there was little hope. When I mentioned to my doctor that I was afraid, he, also a gay man, replied: “We all are.” …