Though an immense amount of resources and time have been dedicated to fighting the HIV epidemic among black gay and bisexual men, not much is known about the strategies black gay and bisexual men use to remain HIV negative. Understanding how black gay and bisexual men are able to remain negative -- despite being constantly labeled "high risk" for or "vulnerable" to HIV by public health researchers and health care providers alike -- might provide us a roadmap for how to achieve better health outcomes and ultimately end the AIDS epidemic. A recently published article in the journal Men and Masculinities explored black men who have sex with men MSM 's motivators and strategies for maintaining HIV-negative status. It found that many participants attributed their ability to stay HIV negative to a strong sense of religious and spiritual identity, social support from friends and family, and social engagement with other HIV-negative black MSM in safe spaces. Other strategies included the ability to take personal agency in asking sexual partners about their HIV status and strategically choosing sexual positioning to reduce risk for HIV transmission. It is important to note that this study was conducted in , the same year the U. Consequently, participants did not mention PrEP as part of their strategy to prevent HIV acquisition, as it was not publicly available to them at the time of the study.
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Awareness and use of HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) among black gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men (MSM) in the. One in two black gay men nationally will be diagnosed with HIV in their lifetime. Black gay men continue to be at highest risk for HIV among.
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Black Americans account for nearly half of all new HIV infections each year, despite representing only 13 percent of the U. While prevention efforts have helped reduce the annual number of new HIV diagnoses among African-Americans over the last decade, progress has not been uniform across the black community. It is estimated that around 14 percent of black Americans living with HIV do not know they are infected. A late diagnosis of HIV infection is common in African-American communities, which results in missed opportunities to get early medical care and prevent transmission to others.