I'll be filing reports from the 19th International AIDS Conference for EBONY, the Black AIDS Institute and Germany's Deutsche Welle.
Men who have sex with men(MSM) remain at substantial risk for HIV infection in almost every nation across the globe. The situation is even more glaring in high–income nations such as the United States, France, the United Kingdom and Canada—where overall HIV trends are declining except among Black MSM. And in many nations, discrimination, stigma, and criminalization laws present significant barriers to creating an AIDS-free generation.
These were just a few of the themes at Stigma to Strength: Strategies for MSM, Transgender People and Allies in a Shifting AIDS Landscape, the day-long pre-conference to the 19th International AIDS Conference sponsored by the The Global Forum on MSM & HIV. More than 800 delegates from 100-plus countries attended to discuss the health and human rights of MSM and transgender people, according to conference organizers. This was the International AIDS Conference’s fifth biennial pre-conference and the largest so far.
Perhaps the most compelling research was announced by Kevin Fenton, M.D., Ph.D., director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention. Dr. Fenton reminded the audience that there has been a soaring number of seroconversions among Black American men who have sex with men—and new data show that “globally Black men who have sex with men are 15 times more likely to be HIV-positive.”
Read the full report HERE.