June 16, 2014 – This month, as part of on-going efforts to explore and address community- and institution-level stigma impacting Black and Latino gay men and MSM within public health practice, the National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD) and the National Coalition of STD Directors (NCSD) are re-launching an updated survey assessment to continue efforts to monitor stigma in public health practice. Through support from the MAC AIDS Fund, NASTAD and NCSD conducted a three-year study of stigma and its impact on public health practice for Black and Latino gay men/MSM. This work included a national survey of more than 1,300 respondents; the convening of a Blue Ribbon Panel of stakeholders and medical providers; the publication of “Optimal Care Checklists” for providers and for Black and Latino gay male patients; and the convening of a National Stigma Summit on Black and Latino Gay Men’s Health.
Most recently NASTAD and NCSD released “Addressing Stigma: A Blueprint for HIV/STD Prevention and Care Outcomes for Black and Latino Gay Men.” The blueprint contains 17 recommendations for reducing public health stigma that prevents Black and Latino gay men/MSM from receiving optimal health care. The recommendations contained in the blueprint follow many consultations with national organizations that serve Black and Latino gay men/MSM, health departments and community stakeholders. Specifically, the blueprint looks at how stigma and other social determinants impact the HIV Care Continuum for Black and Latino gay men/MSM. Furthermore, the blueprints starts examining “the bar before the bars,” by exploring all the issues facing these men prior to an HIV or STD diagnosis.
The information gathered from this survey will provide additional information to further health department and community efforts to reduce stigma in public health practice. You may access this brief survey by clicking here. Please distribute widely within your health department and externally to community stakeholders. The survey will remain open until July 21, 2014.