‘Triply cursed’: racism, homophobia and HIV-related stigma are barriers to regular HIV testing, treatment adherence and disclosure among young Black gay men. 

Author:

Arnold, E.A., Rebchook, G.M. and Kegeles, S.M

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Date:

2014

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Gender and Pandemics

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English

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Full Harvard Reference:

Arnold, E.A., Rebchook, G.M. and Kegeles, S.M., (2014). ‘Triply cursed’: racism, homophobia and HIV-related stigma are barriers to regular HIV testing, treatment adherence and disclosure among young Black gay men. Culture, health & sexuality, 16(6), pp.710-722.

In the USA, young Black gay men are disproportionately impacted upon by HIV. The article identified that HIV-related stigma and homophobia, within the larger societal context of racism, were related to sexual risk behaviour, reluctance to obtain HIV testing or care, lower adherence to treatment medication, and non-disclosure of a positive HIV status to sexual partners. To conclude, the article calls to policymakers and programme designers to consider the impact of social inequality and stigma and attend to changing community norms and wider universal healthcare.