Who can you tell?

Message from the PostitiveEntrempowerment Heterosexual Men’s Workgroup

“If you are not at the Table you are on the Menu.” This terminology sounds familiar to many, but what happens when you, ”ARE NOT ON THE MENU.” Heterosexual men are not included in research, prevention, care, vaccine trails, biomedical prevention, when it relates to studies and clinical trials.

Therefore left out of these important strategies of Ending the HIV epidemic, the internal and external stigma permeates further. Many programs are linked to certain modes of transmission, and exclude others. The time has come for inclusion of the Denver Principles and MIPA as it relates to Heterosexual Men. We know there are special populations that will receive more attention, but we cannot negate the aspect of the need for equity. We are not asking for equality.

HIV criminalization, and HIV decriminalization, always brings mention of Heterosexual men to the forefront of the conversation. As aging continues to be an increasing factor for people living with HIV, there are medical, housing, aging, health literacy, and mental health issues that needs to be studied and addressed.

The call is for, “IF THERE IS NOTHING FOR US.”  Please join with us in building our own table. Your support will be greatly appreciated:  CBO’s, ASO’s, Faith-Based Communities, PACHA, CDC. We are beginning with The PositiveEntrempowerment Group.  See our page at:  PositiveEntrempowerment@groups.io | Home and to join the email list, just email: PositiveEntrempowerment+subscribe@groups.io  If you know any heterosexual men living with HIV please refer them. We welcome new members. We need mentorship, leadership and advocacy training, technical skills and meaningful engagement and employment.

-The Men of the Howard University PositiveEntrempowerment Workgroup

5 responses to “Who can you tell?”

  1. Hi my name is ALBERTO and I have been living with my hiv personal status since I was 18 years old and I would like to thank you to Howard university for it we will do positive things for our hiv positive heterosexuals community please let’s work together on our hiv positive stigma and let’s unity as one please so I’m looking forward to hear from you and you can to reach me at my personal cell or email address is alberto031870@gmail.com also you can to follow me at Instagram Facebook and tik tok under my real name is Alberto perez bermudez

  2. Derrick L Robinson says:

    This is a great beginning to the work that lies ahead, as we continue to build. We will never forget those whom have laid the foundation in which we can build upon, that for your relentless engage to include all people living with HIV. The Stigma did not begin with us, we strive for it to end with us.

  3. Derrick Robinson says:

    Who can you tell, to include heterosexual men in the equity for prevention, aging with HIV, and continuum of care needs assessments
    Estimates of lifetime risk are used to compare the burden of disease across populations. This method may be a useful tool for clinicians, partners and policy makers when describing the burden of HIV since it can be more readily understood by the public. We estimated lifetime risk of a HIV diagnosis by sex, race/ethnicity and place of residence.

    HIV diagnosis, mortality and census population data were used to derive lifetime risk estimates of HIV diagnosis for all ages, by sex, race/ethnicity and place of residence. Data on HIV diagnoses were obtained from the National HIV Surveillance System (NHSS). The numbers of HIV diagnoses (NHSS) and non-HIV deaths (mortality data) during 2017?2019 were used to calculate probabilities of a HIV diagnosis at a given age, conditional on never having received a HIV diagnosis prior to that age using a competing risks method. The lifetime risk estimate is the cumulative probability of HIV diagnosis from birth. The analysis was conducted in DevCan 6.7.3. Comparisons were made to findings from a 2010?2014 analysis.

    Based on 2017?2019 US data, the lifetime risk of a HIV diagnosis was 1 in 120 overall and 1 in 76 for males and 1 in 309 for females. At every age, males had a higher estimated lifetime risk than females (Figure). Lifetime risk for males was 1 in 27 for Black persons, 1 in 50 for Hispanic/Latino persons, 1 in 89 for Native Hawaiian/other Pacific Islander persons, 1 in 116 for American Indian/Alaska Native persons, 1 in 171 for White persons and 1 in 187 for Asian persons; and for females was 1 in 75 for Black persons, 1 in 287 for Hispanic/Latino persons, 1 in 435 for American Indian/Alaska Native persons, 1 in 611 for Native Hawaiian/other Pacific Islander persons, 1 in 874 for White persons and 1,298 for Asian persons. Lifetime risk improved in all groups except for American Indian/Alaska Native, Hispanic/Latino and Native Hawaiian/other Pacific Islander males and White females, as compared to 2010?2014. By jurisdiction, the lifetime risk ranged from 1 in 39 in DC to 1 in 655 in Wyoming. The states with the highest lifetime risks were Georgia (1 in 59), Florida (1 in 63), Louisiana (1 in 69), Nevada (1 in 84) and Maryland (1 in 85).Also, when stratifying risk by race, females had a universal lower lifetime risk of HIV vs males:

    Females: 1 in 75
    Males: 1 in 27
    Females: 1 in 287
    Males: 1 in 50
    Native Hawaiian/other Pacific Islander:
    Females: 1 in 611
    Males: 1 in 89
    American Indian/Alaska Native:
    Females: 1 in 435
    Males: 1 in 116
    Females: 1 in 874
    Males: 1 in 171
    Females: 1 in 1298
    Males: 1 in 187

  4. Kalvin L Marshall says:

    It shouldn’t have to happen to You for it to Matter to You but in this culture and society it does And It Sucks

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