Thought Pieces

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Why are Black sexual minority men so vulnerable to HIV outcomes and what can we do about it?June 27, 2024
As we continue to celebrate Pride Month, we must keep in mind that some members of the LGBTQ+ community continue to experience disproportionate health outcomes compared to others.
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Celebrating Black Pride: Considerations for Outreach, Recruitment, and Community EngagementJune 12, 2024
On the heels of DC Black Pride, I am reminded of the importance of engaging the community and thinking of meaningful ways to build trust and encourage research participation among Black gay, bisexual, and other sexual minority men.
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What’s so bad about getting HIV?February 28, 2024
Some believe that one of the questions in our HIV prevention study could be stigmatizing. This concern led me to raise the question: “What’s so bad about getting HIV?”
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Addressing Misinformation In Health CommunicationFebruary 14, 2024
This week in my Advanced Health Communication class, I am teaching about the role of misinformation on health behavior and outcomes and I am reminded of my work in sexual health promotion for Black sexual minority men (SMM).
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Advanced Public Health Communication: Theory and PracticeJanuary 31, 2024
Theories that assess risk and identify elements for behavior change are foundational to public health practice and related policy.
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The Significance of Sexual EpidemiologyJanuary 18, 2024
My research to-date coupled with my experience as the PI and Peer Change Agent for an HIV prevention intervention has made it immensely clear to me that public health and clinical researchers need frameworks to better understand what is considered sexual “risk” for HIV and other STIs to better engage
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The Miseducation of U=USeptember 7, 2023
U=U means that people with HIV who achieve and maintain an undetectable viral load (i.e., the amount of HIV in the blood) cannot sexually transmit the virus to others if they take antiretroviral therapy as prescribed.
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Peer Change Agents Advance the Usefulness of Community Health Worker ModelsAugust 2, 2023
I recently attended the International AIDS Meeting in Brisbane, Australia where I discussed the latest intervention I led as a peer change agent (PCA).
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PI as a Peer Change Agent: IAS 2023!July 17, 2023
POSSIBLE was a theoretically-guided multicomponent intervention designed to improve perceived HIV risk as a precursor to PrEP initiation among Black sexual minority men.
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Is PrEP Really For All or Just For “Them?”June 24, 2023
Pre-exposure prophylaxis is highly effective for HIV prevention. However, use remains low for Black gay and bisexual men.
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PrEP Disparities: Issues of Access or What?June 10, 2023
Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is a medication that substantially prevents HIV acquisition. One form of PrEP involves a single pill containing tenofovir disoproxil fumarate and emtricitabine taken daily.