On behalf of IFARA, HIV/AIDS public health advocate Matthew Rose spoke with Shalaurey Jones, Joshua Agee and Brandon Harrison about health care for people of color. The biggest problem is disparity in access to health care, panelists agreed. This stems in part from a lack of insurance and inadequate health care facilities in communities of color. It is exacerbated by the paucity of African-American health care providers and the fact that many white doctors in minority neighborhoods do not understand the cultural background of their patients. For historical reasons, such as the infamous Tuskegee syphilis experiment, many people in the community do not trust the health care system. It is therefore important to consider messaging when releasing study results, such as the recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announcement that the lifetime risk of HIV infection for black men who have sex with men is one in two. Other topics discussed included the situation of African-American women, the need to educate minority communities about pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and the importance of taking a holistic approach to health.
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About the panelists:
Joshua Agee, PrEP coordinator, My Brother's Keeper, Jackson, Miss.
Brandon Harrison, PrEP supervisor, Callen Lorde Community Health Center, New York, N.Y.
Shalaurey Jones, African American HIV University Science and Treatment College Fellow, University of California, Los Angeles, Center for World Health, Los Angeles, Calif.
The video above has been posted on TheBodyPRO.com with permission from our partners at the International Foundation for Alternative Research in AIDS (IFARA). Visit IFARA's website or YouTube channel to watch more video interviews from the conference, as well as earlier meetings.