171215 Exploring HIV Prevention Communication and HIV Testing Among Black MSM in New York City: From Pilot Study to Major Study

Tuesday, October 28, 2008: 5:35 PM

Jose Nanin, EdD, CHES , Community Health Program, Kingsborough Community College, City Univeristy of New York, Brooklyn, NY
Tokes Osubu, MA , GMAD, New York, NY
Donald Powell , GMAD, New York, NY
Borris Powell , GMAD, New York, NY
Jeffrey T. Parsons, PhD , Center for HIV Educational Studies and Training (CHEST), Hunter College, New York, NY
In early 2006, the Center for HIV Educational Studies and Training (CHEST) of the City University of New York and Gay Men of African Descent (GMAD) embarked on a pilot study to explore barriers and facilitators to HIV testing among Black men who have sex with men (MSM) in New York City. In the study sample (n=98), over 90% had been tested for HIV, and 66% preferred HIV testing at a clinic or private doctor. HIV risk behaviors and personalized stigma about sexual identity were marginally related (p < .10). Data collected from 3 focus groups with a subsample revealed concerns around stigma, gay identity/sexuality, fear of disclosure, and personal responsibility, among others. The investigators utilized study results to inform the development of a larger study using a sample of 300 New York City-based Black men who have sex with men (MSM) and other MSM in their social networks (ages 18-64). Funding was recently granted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention under their Minority HIV/AIDS Research Initiative (MARI) to conduct a 4-year cross-sectional, formative research study that will 1) determine content and contexts of messages being disseminated about HIV prevention strategies and HIV testing among adult NYC-based BMSM and their social networks and 2) assess the relation between interpersonal HIV prevention communication and HIV testing among study participants. Study results will facilitate a better understanding about the specific messages being conveyed about HIV prevention and HIV testing between Black MSM, their friends, peers, and sexual partners.

Learning Objectives:
By the end of this presentation, participants will be able to 1) List demographic and psychosocial factors related to HIV testing among Black MSM in New York City based on survey and focus group data; 2) Explain why this study is significant to reducing HIV infections among Black MSM; and, 3) Identify two ways in which results from this study can inform HIV prevention efforts focusing on Black MSM.

Keywords: HIV/AIDS, African American

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the study's principal investigator
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.