“You have to factor in the historical path it took to get us to where we are in the HIV epidemic in Baltimore, including unequal treatment, inadequate care, substance use in the eighties and nineties, and the health disparities African Americans experience nationwide,” begins Dr. Derek Dangerfield.
On National Black HIV/AIDS Day Dr. Dangerfield, Dr. Kamila Alexander, and their community partners Cody Lopez of Community Cares and Rev. Debra Hickman of Sisters Together and Reaching raised awareness about the impact of HIV on African Americans in Baltimore. They focused on women and men who have sex with men, two particularly vulnerable populations.
Watch the conversation here, or listen to it as a podcast:
Check out the responses from the Twitter chat. The questions were:
- What is the status quo of HIV and AIDS among black women and black MSM in Baltimore? Why do these populations stand out?
- How can we talk about sexual health inclusively, for LGBTQ communities and black women of all ages?
- How does Baltimore’s physical and social environment contribute to the citywide epidemics of HIV and sexual violence among black women?
- How does hypermasculinity and male heteronormative stereotypes impact black mens’ readiness to engage with HIV prevention and treatment programs?
- What are some key challenges and strategies for serving HIV-infected Black immigrant populations in Baltimore?
- What advice do you have for people who are afraid to disclose their HIV status for fear of violence from a partner?
- How can heterosexual men serve as allies to support their LGBTQ brothers?
- How can people who don’t work in health care get more involved in ending AIDS?
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Sydnee Logan is the Social Media and Digital Content Coordinator for Johns Hopkins School of Nursing. She shares what’s going on here with the world.