The are the community most affected by HIV—even within the black community, where MSM make up 58% of all diagnoses. But they are 60% less likely to be in treatment.
In honor of World AIDS Day, here’s how you can help.
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Educate yourself: These high HIV rates don’t stem from riskier sexual behavior—studies have found that black gay men are more likely to use condoms and report fewer sex partners—but from barriers to good health care.
Read about the challenges black gay/bisexual men face, from limited access to health care to systemic and historical discrimination in the medical field.
A variety of HIV/AIDS organizations are addressing the epidemic in the black community. Here some to consider donating to.
The Black AIDS Institute: billing itself as the only national HIV/AIDS think tank focused exclusively on black people, the institute conducts trainings, offers referrals to doctors and testing locations, launches education and awareness programs, and lobbies for policy change. Visit the NBLCA store here.
National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS (NBLCA): Celebrating its 30th anniversary, NBLCA offers counseling, testing, and leadership training, in addition to advocating for comprehensive policy change. Donatehere.
National Minority AIDS Council (NMAC): NMAC strives to normalize discussions about HIV and race, bend the curve of new diagnoses, and promote the proper care for people of color living with HIV/AIDS. While NMAC primarily works on a policy level, it also features educational resources on its site. Donate here.
The Foundation for AIDS Research (amFAR): Though not exclusively focused on the black community, amFAR has made a concerted effort in recent years to release highly researched literature on marginalized communities affected by HIV/AIDS. The nonprofit continues to be an industry leader in finding a permanent cure for the disease. Donate here.