HPAC Gay Men’s Subgroup

In light of the state of urgency surrounding HIV incidence among gay men/men who have sex with men (MSM), the directives established by the National HIV/AIDS Strategy and the promise afforded to us by the effectiveness of early treatment, treatment as prevention and the Affordable Care Act, HPAC created a Gay Men’s Subgroup to coordinate a response among FAPP’s member organizations to address this critical issue. The members of the subgroup are individuals and organizations who work with, for or are themselves gay men.

The Gay Men’s Subgroup was tasked with the creation of a Community Statement on HIV Vulnerability among Gay Men/MSM and Community Recommendations to Address Heightened HIV Vulnerability among Gay Men/MSM.

The objectives of the policy recommendations are to:

1) Update practices and policies to reflect contemporary understanding of HIV transmission, advances in HIV/AIDS science, health care and system reforms, and other opportunities and challenges in the current epidemic;
2) Improve administrative accountability for coordination of federal, state, local and tribal efforts to allocate appropriate resources and services to health outcomes among gay men/MSM, particularly young Black and Latino gay men/MSM;
3) Establish a community driven, evidence-based and outcome oriented framework to address health disparities and structural determinants of health among gay men, particularly for gay men/MSM of color, young gay men/MSM and transgender gay men;
4) Strengthen efforts and clarify mechanisms to mitigate discrimination and stigma related to sexual orientation and HIV status that affect HIV prevention and treatment for gay men; and
5) Reintegrate HIV into LGBT health and human rights advocacy.

The community statement is intended to recommit organizational efforts to prioritize prevention and care efforts for gay men/MSM. Excerpt below:

“We, the undersigned, as organizations who serve, care for, work with and advocate on behalf of gay men/MSM, remain committed to “come together and do [our] part” and help end the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the U.S. by prioritizing HIV prevention and care efforts among gay men/MSM. Additionally, we maintain a steadfast commitment to implementation of the attached recommendations and will work alongside each other and federal partners to see them come to fruition.

Collectively, we can curb new infections and improve health outcomes for gay men/MSM at risk for and living with HIV, but only if we coordinate our efforts and maintain gay men/MSM as a priority. This is a promising time in the response to HIV and AIDS in the U.S. We must seize this moment to take the critical steps toward improving the lives of gay men/MSM.”

Read the full statement and recommendations here:

  • HPAC Gay Men Subgroup Statement (Online) (PDF)
  • HPAC Gay Men Subgroup Recommendations (Online) (PDF)

Current Signers (as of 2/28/14):
ACRIA (AIDS Community Research Initiative of America)
African American Office of Gay Concerns
AIDS Action Baltimore
AIDS Alliance for Women, Infants, Children, Youth & Families
AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power/New York (ACT UP/NY)
AIDS Connecticut
AIDS Foundation of Chicago
The AIDS Institute
AIDS Legal Referral Panel
AIDS Partnership Michigan
AIDS Project Los Angeles
AIDS Resource Center Ohio
AIDS Services of Dallas
AIDS United
Alder Health Services
ALPHA Pittsburgh, Inc.
American Psychological Association (APA)
American Public Health Association
amfAR, the Foundation for AIDS Research
Amida Care
Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum
Asian & Pacific Islander Wellness Center
Asian Human Services
Association of Nurses in AIDS Care (ANAC)
Baltimore Black Pride, Inc.
Black AIDS Institute
Blue Diamond Society
Brothers Health Collective
Callen-Lorde Community Health Center
CANN – Community Access National Network
Cascade AIDS Project
Centre for Popular Education and Human Rights Ghana
Chester County Health Department
Chicago Black Gay Men’s Caucus
Chicago House & Social Service Agency
Citizen News Service
Citizen’s Council for Human Rights & Salaam Legal Network
Commission on the Public’s Health System
Communication for Social Change
Community Health Workers Network
Community Information Center
Division of HIV/AIDS, PA Department of Health
Erie County Department of Health
Florida Department of Health
Friends For Life
Georgia AIDS Coalition
Georgia Equality
GLBTQ Association of Middle Eastern American (Al GAMEA)
GLMA: Health Professionals Advancing LGBT Equality
GMHC (Gay Men’s Health Crisis)
Greater Community AIDS Project of East Central Illinois
Harlem United
Healthcare Alternative Systems
Hepatitis Foundation International
HIV Medicine Association (HIVMA)
HIV Prevention Justice Alliance (HIV PJA)
Housing Works
Human Rights Campaign
JSI Research & Training Institute
L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center
Lambda Legal
Latino Commission on AIDS
League Against AIDS, Inc.
Legacy Community Health Services
Louisiana Latino Health Coalition for HIV/AIDS Awareness
MESA Public Health Associates
Metro TeenAIDS
Metropolitan Community Churchs
Minnesota AIDS Project
My Fabulous Disease
Nashville CARES
National AIDS Housing Coalition
National Alliance of State & Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD)
National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO)
National Black Gay Men’s Advocacy Coalition
National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS, Inc
National Center for Lesbian Rights
National Coalition of STD Directors (NCSD)
National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund
National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health
National Latino AIDS Action Network (NLAAN)
National Minority AIDS Council (NMAC)
National Working Positive Coalition
New Jersey Association on Correction
Ohio AIDS Coalition, a Division of AIDS Resource Center Ohio
Okaloosa AIDS Support & Informational Services, Inc. (OASIS)
Pacientes de SIDA pro Política Sana
Pacific Pride Foundation
PeterCares House
Philadelphia Center
Poz Vets USA
Project Inform
Queer Behavior
Queer People’s Health Collective
S & G Endeavors, Ltd.
Saint Louis Effort for AIDS
San Francisco AIDS Foundation
San Luis Obispo County AIDS Support Network
Sexuality Information and Education Council of the U.S. (SIECUS)
Someone Cares, Inc. of Atlanta
Southern AIDS Coalition
STAR TRACK Program at the University of Maryland, Baltimore
START at Westminster
Tennessee Association of People With AIDS
The Global Justice Institute
The Living Affected Corporation
The People of Color Against AIDS Network
The Wall-Las Memorias Project
Transgender Law Center
Treatment Action Group
Tri-State Alliance
Unity Fellowship Church NYC
Universal Light Ministries, Inc.
Urban Coalition for HIV/AIDS Prevention Services (UCHAPS)
Us Helping Us
Utah AIDS Foundation
Women With A Vision, Inc.

For questions, contact Oscar Mairena (omairena@NASTAD.org) or Leo Rennie (lrennie@apa.org), HPAC Gay Men’s Subgroup Co-Chairs.

To sign on to this community statement and recommendations, please fill out the form below: