Achieving Optimal Health Care for Gay Men

By Isaiah Webster III, Senior Manager, Health Equity/Prevention, NASTAD

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National Gay Men's HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is September 27. It’s an opportunity to reflect on those we have lost, and focus attention on the fact that HIV still impacts the lives of gay men more than any other group in the United States.

Just like any other social disease, HIV/AIDS takes advantage of those who lack access to information, prevention tools and medical advances that are readily available. The epidemic began as a crisis for all gay men, but in the last 15 years, it has shifted to become a disproportionate burden for certain subgroups of gay men–especially Black and Latino gay men, less affluent gay men, and gay men who live in rural communities. Among young gay men of color, the HIV/AIDS epidemic is as severe as it’s ever been.

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Addressing the HIV Epidemic Among Gay Men of all Races and Ethnicities

By Meico Whitlock, Senior Manager, Communications, NASTAD

Engaging Gay Men/MSM

In May, during our 22nd Annual Meeting of state health department HIV and hepatitis program leaders in Washington, D.C., we hosted a discussion about the opportunities and challenges of addressing the prevention and care needs of gay men in the era of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS), High Impact Prevention (HIP) and the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The following is an interview with Isaiah Webster, Senior Manager, Health Equity and Prevention at NASTAD, and James Markiewicz, Director, Maine HIV, STD, and Viral Hepatitis Program, who shared their reflections on the session. Continue reading

Voting Rights and HIV/AIDS

By Catherine Hanssens and Iván Espinoza-Madrigal

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HIV/AIDS and Voting

The Center for HIV Law and Policy argues for social and political inclusion.

While the Supreme Court dismantled the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and struck a blow for marriage equality, it also diluted affirmative action (Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin), and gutted a key provision of the Voting Rights Act (Shelby County, Alabama v. Holder). As DOMA’s demise is celebrated, many LGBT and HIV-affected people of color are reeling from the Supreme Court’s latest imprimatur of racial exclusion.  Continue reading

Improving Health Equity for Gay Men through the Affordable Care Act

By Amy Killelea, Senior Manager, Health Care Access, NASTAD

Health Equity for Gay Men/MSM

HIV/AIDS disproportionately impacts gay men and other men who have sex with men (MSM), particularly gay men/MSM of color, in the form of higher infection rates, less likelihood of timely linkage to care, and less likelihood of viral suppression. To make headway against the epidemic and to meet the goals of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS), we need tools and strategies that are aimed at improving prevention, access to care, and retention in care for gay men/MSM.

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Addressing Social Determinants of Health to Improve Health Outcomes for People Living with HIV and Viral Hepatitis

By Meico Whitlock, Senior Manager, Communications, NASTAD

Urban Alchemy: Restoring Joy in America's Sorted-Out Cities

In May, during our 22nd Annual Meeting of state health department HIV and hepatitis program leaders in Washington, D.C., we hosted a discussion on addressing the social determinants of health to improve health outcomes. The following is an interview with Dr. Mindy Fullilove, professor of clinical psychiatry and sociomedical sciences at Columbia University, who shared highlights from her presentation.

NASTAD: Thank you for taking the time to speak with us, Dr. Fullilove. Could you share with us the key highlights from your talk on the social determinants of health? Continue reading