14 07, 2018

Alarming:  Young MSM Discontinuing PrEP

By |2018-07-14T11:46:35-04:00July 14th, 2018|Categories: blog|Tags: , |1 Comment

     Breaking—and alarming--news:  a third of young MSM (men who have sex with men) who take PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) discontinue it within six months.  This is according to U.S. investigators in AIDS and Behavior, a peer-reviewed medical journal established in 1997 that covers aspects of HIV/AIDS research.  Common reasons for this discontinuation included being unable to get a doctor’s appointment and insurance coverage problems.      The investigators write, “’The [...]

23 10, 2016

Structural Inequality Fuels HIV in Black MSM

By |2016-10-23T10:00:19-04:00October 23rd, 2016|Categories: blog|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

   A brand new—and perhaps controversial—study has uncovered that economic insecurity, housing instability and stigma largely shape the sexual relationships of many African-American men who have sex with men (MSM).  According to this study, these structural inequalities influence the kinds of relationships and sexual behaviors that men have.      It’s a fact that the bulk of HIV prevention interventions and studies focus [...]

23 11, 2015

Marked Increase in New HIV Infections Among  Latino MSM

By |2015-11-23T15:51:01-05:00November 23rd, 2015|Categories: blog|Tags: , , |2 Comments

Photo Courtesy of Cute Gay Couples    Check out this alarming and truly disturbing trend:  in recent years, the HIV diagnosis rate of Latino men who have sex with men (MSM) has been on a sharp upswing—even though the overall rate of infections have dropped among Latinos. has reported, “Researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) analyzed diagnoses (as opposed to [...]

17 06, 2015

Homophobia:  HIV’s Dependable Partner In Crime

By |2015-06-17T23:12:35-04:00June 17th, 2015|Categories: blog|Tags: , , |2 Comments

     HIV has many allies, collaborators and accomplices, which include denial, poverty, stigma, and the “it can’t happen to me” syndrome.  And,homophobia is a member of that club—and a dominant one at that.    According to, the leading and renowned news site dedicated to HIV news and prevention, “Homophobic attitudes and laws in European nations keep men who have sex with men [...]

20 02, 2015

Breaking:  HIV Is Killing Fewer Blacks

By |2015-02-20T11:48:09-05:00February 20th, 2015|Categories: blog|Tags: , , , , , |2 Comments

     HIV is losing a critical bout in the long and grueling boxing match called AIDS.  And this victory for persons of color certainly is a cause for celebration.       According to Michael Smith, writer for the health media outlet MedPage Today, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has reported that that the mortality rates of blacks in the U.S. fell [...]

10 01, 2015

Breaking:  Gay/Bi Guys Driving Up Syphilis Rates

By |2015-01-10T20:46:22-05:00January 10th, 2015|Categories: blog|Tags: , , , |6 Comments

     The following breaking news is disconcerting and sobering—to say the least.  According to, the renowned health, life and HIV media outlet, the rate of primary and secondary syphilis in the U.S. is steadily climbing--with MSM (men who have sex with men) driving a 10 percent increase between 2012 and 2013.   “All told, the rates of syphilis, gonorrhea and chlamydia [...]

22 09, 2014

Recent Study: Black MSM Experience Higher Condom Misuse, Failure Rates

By |2014-09-22T15:18:43-04:00September 22nd, 2014|Categories: blog|Tags: , , , , , |2 Comments

     You know, I absolutely adore my assistant, Raheem!  One important reason: he uncovers topical issues impacting the LGBTQ Community for exclusive features in       Raheem handed me an article from about a recent observational study with this eye-opening conclusion:  Black men who engage in sex with men (MSM) report higher rates of condom breakage and slippage as well [...]

11 08, 2014

Let’s Have Some “Poz(itive)” Talk

By |2014-08-11T07:45:30-04:00August 11th, 2014|Categories: blog|Tags: , , , |4 Comments

     Dating and/or having sex can be a daunting challenge for MSM (men who have sex with men), particularly those who are HIV-negative.  But only if you let it.  And, I’ll explain exactly what I mean about that a little later.      But first, stats on HIV.  Recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that 1 [...]

4 04, 2014

Socio-Economics as a Driver of HIV in Black MSM

By |2014-04-04T17:57:26-04:00April 4th, 2014|Categories: blog|Tags: , , |0 Comments

     Fenway Health, a Boston LGBT group, has just reported that although Black men who have sex with men (MSM) is a very small part of the population, they make up more than 20 percent of new HIV infections in the United States. Additionally, an analysis of data from a recent six-city study of African-American gay, bisexual and MSM reveals a [...]

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