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HIV Status, Risk, and Prevention Needs among Latino and Non-Latino Men Who Have Sex with Men in Connecticut

Scott Clair and Merrill Singer

in AIDS, Culture, and Gay Men

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print March 2010 | ISBN: 9780813034317
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813039312 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813034317.003.0008
HIV Status, Risk, and Prevention Needs among Latino and Non-Latino Men Who Have Sex with Men in Connecticut

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According to a study by Singer and Marxuach-Rodriguez (1996), Latino men who have sex with men (MSM) were at higher risk of HIV infection than their white counterparts. This chapter examines the HIV risk behaviors of “at-risk” Latino MSM compared to African American and white MSM in a statewide sample in Connecticut. It discusses the results of a comprehensive statewide study involving 331 participants, which showed that AIDS stigma and “structural violence” play central roles in the lives of Latino gay men in Connecticut. It also considers the relative exposure of Latino MSM to HIV prevention information and outlines a new anti-homophobia social marketing campaign targeted specifically to Latinos. This campaign was created and designed by the Hispanic Health Council based on extensive feedback from the community.

Keywords: HIV infection; Connecticut; structural violence; prevention; social marketing; anti-homophobia; Hispanic Health Council; stigma; Latino men; gay men

Chapter.  7277 words. 

Subjects: Sociology

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