Outside "Gay Ghettos" Less Likely to Get Tested for HIV
by Jon Garbo
A study comparing men who have sex with men (MSM) who live in neighborhoods highly populated by gay people (gay ghettos) versus those who donít has found that non-ghetto-dwelling MSM are considerably less likely to get tested for HIV. The study, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Institute of Mental Health, was published in the June 2001 issue of the American Journal of Public Health.
"Gay media-based community-level interventions cannot be expected to reach non-ghetto dwellers as effectively as they would ghetto-dwellers," the study authors wrote.
To reach non-ghetto-dwelling MSM, public health workers should take into account characteristics unique to this population and tailor their prevention strategies accordingly. "Depending on the type of neighborhood, different strategies might be better than others. One size does not fit all," Ron Stall, Ph.D. M.P.H., co-author of the study, told GayHealth.com. Dr. Stall, a UCSF researcher at the time of the study, is the chief of the Behavioral Intervention Research Branch of the CDCís Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention.
Updated: Friday, 8 June 2001
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