Significance of Our Work

Follow the epidemics, numbers don’t lie
Racial and sexual minority men have had the highest HIV/STI incidenceof any subpopulation for the past 15 years.
The U.S. will not end the HIV epidemic by 2030unless we substantially support racial and sexual minority men.
Black SMM have an unrefuted estimated 50% lifetime HIV risk and solutions remain elusive.
No progress has been made to reduce overall HIV incidence for Black sexual minority men in 10 years.
Treatment & prevention strategies typically ignore age-related issues in the lives and health of racial & sexual minority men.

The evidence base from racial and sexual minority men is dated

and utilizes culturally inappropriate measures that limit claims about their needs.

Sexual minority men consistently report feeling misunderstood and mistreated

by researchers and clinicians.
Researchers, clinicians, and healthcare providers want to helpracial and sexual minority men but do not always know how to.
Research protocols to engage racial and sexual minority men are nebulous and require more theoretical, systematic, and effective approaches.
Culturally congruent research teams can engage racial and sexual minority men and obtain more nuanced, valid, and novel data than others.