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Watch NASTAD Speak with NowThis
In his interview with NowThis, Terrance Moore discusses how disproportionately high rates of HIV infection among Black gay men point to a massive social justice issue. Moore explains the socioeconomic factors, including long-held structural barriers and stigma, that prevent the Black LGBTQ community from accessing the quality healthcare they deserve. He reflects on his own life experiences and encourages healthcare providers to use His Health to help facilitate those difficult-yet-necessary conversations about sexual identity and appropriate health regimens.
His Health on NBC News
The NBC news article, "New Initiative Aims to Improve HIV care for Black Gay Men," features an interview with Dr. Theo Hodge, one of the leading faculty featured in His Health PrEP modules. He provides a holistic analysis about the intersecting issues that prevent Black men who have sex with men (MSM) and transgender patients from receiving high-quality HIV/AIDS care and prevention services. More specifically, Dr. Hodge hones in on the disparate impact of HIV/AIDS in the Black MSM community by discussing key factors that drive those disparities, including: structural barriers in the healthcare system; religion; the Southern HIV epidemic; implicit bias among healthcare providers; the knowledge gap in medical education around PrEP and transgender care; and a lack of accountability from federal agencies. He urges all healthcare providers to utilize His Health and to "go through the program, unlearn your biases, then go forth and do what you've pledged to do."
Deputy Executive Director of NASTAD Featured on the Advocate
In the article, “How Implicit Bias Affects the Health of Black Gay Men,” Terrance Moore discusses the intersection between race and sexuality and how this directly affects the quality of care Black gay men receive from medical professionals. Further, he argues that doctors and other service providers can address implicit biases and bridge the existent gap in HIV knowledge by utilizing His Health as an educational platform to learn more about important issues for Black LGBTQ patients, including PrEP, health care for transgender people, and linking patients to care.
NASTAD Announces the Official Launch of His Health!
NASTAD (National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors) is excited to announce the official launch of His Health.org, a revolutionary training platform designed to elevate the standard of healthcare for Black gay men and other Black men who have sex with men (MSM).
HisHealth.org is a dynamic training tool that provides expert-led continuing education courses accredited by the Infectious Diseases Society of America/HIV Medicine Association and the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care, portraits of innovative models of care, and evidence-based resources to support the delivery of high-quality, culturally affirming healthcare services for Black MSM. His Health was developed on the premise that Black MSM are not "hard to reach"—rather, they are eager to receive culturally effective care, treatment, and preventive services that are stigma-free and affirming of their personhood.
“Three out of four new HIV infections are among Black men who have sex with men,” noted NASTAD Deputy Executive Director Terrance Moore. “This is more than six times the rate of infection among White men. While the factors driving HIV transmission among Black MSM are complex, healthcare providers can serve as an effective conduit to enhance care access and increase engagement for Black MSM living with HIV.”
Both platforms were developed for and by Black gay men and their healthcare providers, in partnership with NASTAD and the Health Resources and Services Administration’s HIV/AIDS Bureau (HRSA/HAB) in response to the ways in which Black MSM are disproportionately affected by the domestic HIV epidemic.
Do you have additional questions? Please contact us at Hishealth [at] NASTAD.org.
The His Health Team