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Community Health Resource/ Upcoming Provider Training- HIV Prevention Social Media Training- Hosted by IPHA February 29, 2024



HIV is a virus that attacks the immune system and can lead to AIDS, a life-threatening condition. Early detection of HIV is crucial for preventing the spread of the virus and improving the health outcomes of people living with HIV. Early detection means getting tested regularly and knowing your HIV status. Testing can be done at home or healthcare a health care facility. Different types of tests can detect HIV at different stages of infection. The sooner you know your status, the sooner you can start treatment and protect yourself and others from HIV.

There are many factors that contribute to the higher HIV rates among black and Latino MSM, such as stigma, discrimination, poverty, lack of access to health care, and lower awareness of HIV status and prevention options. To reduce the HIV burden among these communities, it is important to address these social and structural barriers and provide culturally appropriate and tailored interventions. Some of the strategies that can help prevent HIV among black and Latino MSM include:

  • Using condoms and lubricants correctly and consistently during sex.

  • Taking pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), a daily pill that can prevent HIV.

  • Getting tested for HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs) regularly and knowing your partner’s status.

  • Seeking treatment as soon as possible if diagnosed with HIV and staying on antiretroviral therapy (ART) to achieve viral suppression.

  • Reducing the number of sexual partners and avoiding sharing needles or other drug equipment.

  • Seeking support from peers, family, and health care providers

  • Educating yourself and others about HIV and how to prevent it..

HIV is a serious but manageable health condition. By getting tested early, starting treatment, and taking preventive measures, you can live a long and healthy life with HIV and protect yourself and your community from further transmission.


Resources: For more information and resources on HIV testing, prevention, and care, visit [HIV.gov]. HIV and AIDS Resources | HIV.gov


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