Addressing the HIV Crisis Among Latinx Gay and Bisexual Men, and other Men who Have Sex with Men in the United States
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We must address both the HIV service needs of Latinx gay and bisexual men in all parts of the country AND the need to fully fund and scale-up tailored prevention efforts where new HIV infections are rising. In response to increases in HIV incidence and the structural barriers to service access among Latinx gay and bisexual men, we call on allies, policy makers, funders, and public health officials at the local, state and national levels to:
1. Publicly denounce any anti-immigrant initiatives/laws. Develop action plans and implementation guidelines for ensuring unimpeded access to services for Latinx gay and bisexual men regardless of immigration status. This includes opposing changes to Public Charge rules.
2. Include targets for Latinx gay and bisexual men and other men who have sex with men across ALL indicators in the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS) update, in close consultation with community leaders.
3. Prioritize the HIV prevention and treatment needs of Latinx gay and bisexual men in the End the Epidemic Initiative, especially in focus jurisdictions experiencing increases in new HIV infections.
4. Direct increases in domestic HIV funding to Latinx gay and bisexual men’s programs and organizations that provide comprehensive, community-led prevention programs that include PrEP and PEP.
5. Increase funding for the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program and support Medicaid and Marketplace reforms that advance universal health coverage and reject health care reforms that result in increased uninsured rates and reduced access to medically necessary prevention, care and treatment services.
6. Create guidelines for state and local health department’s HIV planning bodies that address recruitment, engagement, retention, and leadership development practices that are culturally/linguistically competent to ensure the full participation of Latinx gay and bisexual men.
7. Fund comprehensive (one-stop-shop) stigma-free, culturally/linguistically competent, evidence-informed and rights-based programs that include HIV/STI testing, prevention, care, and treatment, mental health, substance use, legal and other support services.
8. Meaningfully support the leadership pipeline by funding training and learning exchanges, creating safe professional development spaces, and creating leadership positions and other jobs for young Latinx gay and bisexual men in the HIV sector.
--- A SHOUT OUT TO OUR ALLIES ---
… who are federal policy makers and funders: KEEP LATINX GAY AND BISEXUAL CENTRALLY VISIBLE. Fully engage Latinx gay and bisexual in the articulation of goals and indicators – for both the End the Epidemic Initiative and updates to the NHAS.
… in the Latinx community: PRIORITIZE LATINX GAY AND BISEXUAL MEN in HIV-related prevention, care, treatment and support services.
… in the mainstream HIV/AIDS and LGBTI communities: VISIBLY ELEVATE LATINX GAY AND BISEXUAL MEN. Our needs are distinct and merit respect and focus.
--- STAND IN SOLIDARITY WITH LATINX TRANSGENDER WOMEN AND MEN ---
We love and support our trans brothers and sisters. Any comprehensive response to heal Latinx communities and effectively address HIV requires that we give space for them to articulate their own needs and grievances. It is not our place to speak for them. Nonetheless, we recognize that the challenges Latinx gay and bisexual men face in American society often intersect with those experienced daily by trans people. We support Latinx trans people in their efforts to articulate their needs and we stand in solidarity with them and are ready to assist in their efforts to demand respect, safe spaces, support, and action so that all Latinx and other trans people can live long, happy, meaningful and safe lives.
--- Latinx Gay and Bisexual Men’s HIV Prevention and Treatment Action Coalition ---
Moises Agosto, NMAC
Kevin Al Perez, Somos Familia Valle
George Ayala, MPACT
Adrian Castellanos, Valley AIDS Council
Edwin Corbin-Guitieerrez, NASTAD
Homero E. Del Pino, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Oscar De La O, Bienestar Human Services, Inc.
Jorge Delos Santos, TruEvolution
Elias Diaz, Maverick County Hospital District
Angel Fabian, Fijate Bien Program, MPACT
Sergio Farfan, Louisiana Latino Health Coalition for HIV/AIDS Awareness
Julio Fonseca, AIDS United
Jose Ramon Garcia Madrid, Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project
Alex Garner, Hornet
Carlos Gomez, Bienestar Human Services, Inc.
Oscar Lopez, Valley AIDS Council
Jose Mullinelli, COAI, Inc.
David Munar, Howard Brown Health
Louie Ortiz-Fonseca, Advocates for Youth
Alexander Perez, NASTAD
David Perez, Hispanic Federation
Marco Antonio Quiroga, Our Fund Foundation
Adam Reyes, The Wall Las Memorias Project
Leandro Rodriguez, Latino Commission on AIDS
Carlos Rodriguez-Diaz, George Washington University
Francisco Ruiz, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Pedro Alonso Serrano, Cook County Health
Beto Soberanis, McDermont Haymarket Center
Jorge Vidal, Vera
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