Men`s Health



Amongthe greatest impediments to efforts geared towards combating HIV andAids are discrimination and stigma. According to Mantell, DiVittisand Auerbach (2013), disgrace associated with the disease hascontinued to be a challenge that prevents concerted efforts toaddress the epidemic. The consequence of HIV-related stigmatizationand discrimination are adverse outcomes on prevention strategies aswell as care for infected people. The problem of gay men sufferingfrom the disease in the community needs to be addressed. Necessaryinformation as well the parties to be involved have to be identifiedto ensure that the proposed interventions are successful.

Oneof the ways in which this issue can be handled is by addressing thesocial biases in the neighborhoods. Identifying them would in turnhelp in the creation of an environment that would allow theimplementation of HIV prevention programs (Mantell, DiVittis &ampAuerbach, 2013). To ensure that they work, other activities such asinvolving gay and lesbian people in educating the public could benecessary.

Inaddition, information is needed to determine the appropriateinterventions. Viable activities include the social and culturalnorms in a society that revolve around issues of sexual identity, thecreation of awareness on gender role expectations, and sexuality(Mantell, DiVittis &amp Auerbach, 2013). It is paramount thatattempts to spread awareness of these aspects are made in a communityto have an impact on the targeted people.

Othersections of a community that can be of use in the ensuring fullimplementation of the programs include the church. Such aninstitution is believed to have a very high influence on attitudesand community norms towards the prevention of the disease (Mantell,DiVittis &amp Auerbach, 2013). Other areas are the barbershops andbeauty salons. In these business settings, people exchange a varietyof information, including on ways in which people can avoid HIVinfection (Mantell, DiVittis &amp Auerbach, 2013).

Inconclusion, the problem of gay men suffering from the disease in thecommunity needs to be addressed through the elimination of stigma anddiscrimination. Necessary information as well the parties to beinvolved have to be identified to ensure that the proposedinterventions are successful.


Mantell,J. E., DiVittis, A. T., &amp Auerbach, M. I. (2013).&nbspEvaluatingHIV Prevention Interventions.Boston, MA: Springer US.