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The HIV/AIDS pandemic
has evoked a wide range of reactions from individuals, communities
and even nations. Stigma is an important factor in the type and magnitude of the reaction to this epidemic.
African-Americans are further stigmatized because of their race and therefore face additional barriers in
access and prevention services and/or treatment of their HIV status.
Under the NYCDOHMH-funded Wipeout Project, Gay Men of African Descent has designed
a free workshop titled, Understanding HIV Stigma and Discrimination. This interactive presentation
is designed for individuals, groups and/or organizations with a commitment to the needs of African
American men who have sex with men and are infected and/or affected by HIV/AIDS
We recognize that faith-based institutions are considered an important part of our targeted audience, African American MSM. We know that in order to successfully engage and reduce the barriers of stigma and discrimination we must initiate and create relevant dialogue that provides openness in faith-based institutions to not only look at but also address the very issue of stigma. In addition to GMAD’s research in 2006 on the barriers to HIV testing among African American MSM in NYC, many other researchers have done more comprehensive research in this area, shedding light on how stigma and discrimination are intrinsically linked to HIV testing and access to information and care around HIV/AIDS. For many African-Americans, faith-based institutions represent an important thread in their tapestry of support within their community. We need to talk about how to bridge that gap and look for ways of inclusion. GMAD will work to provide information and education to staff and members of congregations.
Gay Men of African Descent is located at
44 Court St.
Brooklyn, NY. 11201