Over the past two years, the O’Neill Institute has been working in partnership with NMAC to examine the status of biomedical HIV prevention research and implementation in the United States. The focus of this work has been to explore how to bring the promise of biomedical HIV prevention to all communities highly impacted by HIV and to ensure that communities of color in particular are not left behind. Biomedical HIV prevention offers a range of tools that can effectively prevent HIV infection. These tools include treatment as prevention (TasP), pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), and post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP).
Last week, NMAC released a new report, “Expanding Access to Biomedical HIV Prevention: Tailoring Approaches for Effectively Serving Communities of Color,” as the second part of its two-part Blueprint for HIV Biomedical Prevention. Jeffrey Crowley and I prepared the report for NMAC. The report highlights the unique challenges that people of color face in HIV prevention, care, and treatment and gives ways to improve access to biomedical HIV prevention in communities of color.
The report outlines population-specific recommendations to more effectively meet the needs of transgender people of color, Black and Latino gay and bisexual men, women of color, and adolescents and young adults of color. It also includes further steps that can be taken separately in service of transgender women of color and transgender men of color.
Recommendations for Transgender People of Color
Recommendations for Black Gay and Bisexual Men
Recommendations for Latino Gay and Bisexual Men
Recommendations for Women of Color
Recommendations for Adolescents and Young Adults of Color
Increasing access to biomedical HIV prevention without reaching people and communities of color and understanding their needs, values, cultural backgrounds, and barriers to care will cause us to expand rather than shrink HIV-related disparities and health inequities. To learn more, you can read this report and the “Blueprint for HIV Biomedical Prevention: State of the State” report here.
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