187127 “Superman:" What do Black men think of Sex and HIV?

Tuesday, October 28, 2008: 10:45 AM

Bonnie Thomas, MD , Project Brotherhood, Woodlawn Health Center, Chicago, IL
Thomas Mason, MD , Project Brotherhood, Woodlawn Health Center, Chicago, IL
Marcus Murray , Project Brotherhood, Woodlawn Health Center, Chicago, IL
Craig Spivey, MSW , Project Brotherhood, Woodlawn Health Center, Chicago, IL
Matthew Greene, BS , Project Brotherhood, Woodlawn Health Center, Chicago, IL
Problem: African American men have the lowest life expectancy of all US groups. Gonorrhea rates in 2002 were highest for African-Americans aged 15- to 24-years among all racial, ethnic, and age categories. In 2002, African-American women aged 15- to 19-years had a gonorrhea rate of 3,307 cases per 100,000 females. This rate is 17 times greater than the 2002 rate among white females of similar age (196.1). African-American men in the 15- to 19-year-old age category had a 2002 gonorrhea rate of 1680.1 cases per 100,000 males, which was 45 times higher than the rate among 15- to 19-year-old white males of 37.7. In 2002, 73.3% of the total number of cases of gonorrhea reported to CDC occurred among African-Americans. The Project Brotherhood program at Woodlawn Health Center in Chicago uses an adaptation of the Canadian logic model of health. This model takes into account the conditions under which people live, including social and physical environments.

Methods: Project Brotherhood will survey 100 black men to assess their knowledge, attitudes and beliefs about HIV prevention. We will also conduct (1) focus group to obtain additional qualitative data from this cohort.

Conclusions: An analysis of the data collected will be presented of the responses made by the participants about the relationship between. This anal Quantitative and qualitative data will be presented to support the HIV data.

Learning Objectives:
1. Learn the challenges that black men face related to Sex and HIV prevention. 2. Learn how these challenges affect black men’s health. 3. Learn the how the use of innovative community demonstration programs i.e. Project Brotherhood can be used to combat these social inequalities.

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the Co-Director of a community based public health intervention for black men, physician and MPH student. I have presented at the past seven APHA national conferences
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.