HIV Prevention in LGBTQ Community
PROGRAM DESCRIPTION Despite the important strides made in HIV management over the past 2 decades, black and Latino men who have sex with men (MSM) still face a hugely disproportionate …
Despite the important strides made in HIV management over the past 2 decades, black and Latino men who have sex with men (MSM) still face a hugely disproportionate risk for HIV infection relative to that of other populations. Unfortunately, uptake of HIV-prevention strategies has been relatively low among this group. While these facts may be unsurprising to advocates who are already working on HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment, it underscores the need for education, community-specific messaging, and access to effective tools for prevention. Because primary care providers are ideally positioned to identify individuals at risk for HIV infection and to implement effective interventions, it is critical that these clinicians receive education about HIV prevention services.In this activity recorded during the Health HIV’s 2017 SYNChronicity conference, Richard Elion, MD, and Leandro Mena, MD, will review the skills necessary to identify individuals who have not been tested for HIV and/or who are likely to benefit from prevention strategies. Practical, culturally competent methods for assessing HIV risk are presented, as are tips for educating patients about the importance of knowing their HIV status and the status of their sexual partners, consistent use of condoms, and identifying and minimizing high-risk behaviors. The potential benefits of HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) as part of a comprehensive strategy for HIV prevention are reviewed in detail.
After participating in this activity, clinicians should be better able to:Discuss the rationale for the use of HIV-prevention strategies for patients at increased risk for infectionIdentify patients who are appropriate candidates for HIV-prevention strategiesUtilize HIV-prevention strategies in these individualsEmploy culturally competent education and HIV-prevention counseling strategies for patients in the LGBTQ community
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