The population of men who have sex with men (MSM) is heavily impacted by the HIV epidemic, and of this population, black men are more likely to have a higher HIV prevalence (CDC, 2020). Little research is available detailing why HIV prevalence is rising among Black MSM (CDC, 2020). In addition to racial disparities in healthcare, economic barriers, and social exclusion, Black MSM are faced with stigmatization by surrounding community members (CDC, 2019). Stigma in this community, along with other barriers to treatment and prevention, are not thoroughly reported in literature (Peterson & Jones, 2009). It is important that interventions to target stigma reduction are implemented in black communities where HIV is prevalent, as stigma is a major hindrance to treatment and prevention. The aim of this research is to identify community-based interventions tailored to reducing stigma among Black MSM, and to discuss their effectiveness. We conducted a systematic review of the literature to answer the question, “How have interventions reduced HIV stigma among Black MSM?” Twenty-four articles were identified; six met specific inclusion criteria. The interventions are discussed, including an assessment of the effectiveness, main findings and limitations. Our results support the need for implementation of stigma reducing interventions in black communities of MSM. We suggest that future research focus solely on Black MSM, in order to understand the ways stigma impacts this community.
Recommended CitationDavis, MPH(c), Jada and Frasso, PhD, CPH, Rosemary, "Interventions to reduce HIV stigma among black men who have sex with men (MSM)" (2020). Master of Public Health Thesis and Capstone Presentations. Presentation 344.