Earlier this week, a clever new HIV/AIDS prevention initiative debuted in New York City to target young gay and bisexual black and Latino men. The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation reports the government of Brazil is launching a similar program to target young "men who have sex with men" (MSM) aged 13 to 24 years old.
The initiative will use public service announcements on radio and television stations to promote condom use and deliver safer-sex messages nationwide. The campaign also will place posters with HIV/AIDS prevention messages in public areas, such as train stations and bus stops."
The Ministry of Health reports a disproportionate number of new HIV cases, an alarming 41 percent, "recorded in 2006 occurred among MSM in the 13-24 age group." Brazil has been aggressively pursuing testing and prevention programs and health officials report "a general downward trend in new cases." That's good news.
Some Background ...
GMHC's "I Love My Boo" Campaign [R20]
HIV Rates Rising Among Black NYC Gay Men [R20]
CDC Tracking "Serious" Strain of Syphilis [R20]
The HIV Morning After Pill? [R20]
Black Gay Men and "The Pill" [R20]
Jonathan Perry in "The Advocate" [R20]
Ending Black Homophobia Will Reduce HIV [R20]
Do You Disclose Your HIV Status? [R20]
Primetime Reports Black HIV Epidemic [After Elton]
"Out of Control: AIDS in Black America" [R20]
POZ Examines Race and the Down Low [R20]
HIV Rates Rise Among NYC Black Gay Men [R20]
Phill Wilson: Candidates Must Address HIV/AIDS [R20]
POZ Examines Race and the “Down Low” [R20]
"Urban Rally Against AIDS" [R20]
The ABCs of Black HIV [R20]