Stephen Hicks is a writer and public health advocate with a background in sexual health and harm reduction. He is based in Washington, D.C.
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Black men who have sex with men test in high numbers over a lifetime, but not frequently or recently.
These two tests make it easier to diagnose sexually transmitted infections that often go untreated.
"For us who focus on HIV prevention research, it is paramount that we go where the epidemic is in this country," said Michele Andrasik, Ph.D.
HIV vaccine researchers are working to study and solve the problem, with a focus on how researchers themselves can more deeply build and earn trust.
Two models, one from Washington State and another from Los Angeles County, can be duplicated elsewhere to get people into care, experts say.
More than 80 percent of U.S. HIV transmissions in 2016 were from people who were unaware of their status or had been diagnosed but lost to follow-up.
Young adults, blacks, cisgender women, and people in rural areas, as well as people on Medicaid, were less likely to persist on PrEP.
This study shows that with the right supportive services, black men who have sex with men will use pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), and with very high adherence.
Some have expressed concern that, as PrEP use increases in the U.S., so will the transmission of other STIs. A new study pushes back against that worry.