New Study on MSM and Early Linkage to Care and Treatment: Fewer Black MSM on Treatment
A new study published in PLOS from researchers at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-CDC looked at data from the National HIV Behavioral Surveillance system between 2008 and 2011 to explore links between early linkage to care and treatment with reduced HIV transmission amongst MSM in 20 cities in the US. While early linkage to care did not increase significantly between 2008 and 2011, ARV treatment did increase among most sub-groups. However, when comparing on race, White MSM were 19% more likely than Black MSM to report current ARV treatment when data for 2008 and 2011 were combined. The article provides evidence for targeted prevention and advocacy strategies to foster improved treatment access, treatment adherence and appropriate health service supports for Black MSM. CLICK HERE to read the study and learn more about the results.