Gay, bisexual, trans and other men who have sex with men (MSM) continue to bear the brunt of the HIV epidemic in Oregon. In fact, over the four-year period of 2005 – 2009, MSM and MSM who inject drugs made up almost 70% of new HIV infections. In addition to HIV, MSM are also disproportionately impacted by sexually transmitted infections (STIs) like syphilis.
There are many reasons these disparities may exist, whether it is from the stigma that still exists today for people who don’t fit into hetero-normative cultures, the real or perceived threat of violence toward men who have sex with men, the systematic and pervasive homophobia that still exists, the impacts of mental health and substance use, or the lack of culturally appropriate health care and information. Whatever the reason, it is vital that CAP address these disparities, and our programs reflect our commitment to provide safe, culturally relevant and proficient programming that is both affirming and celebratory of the diversity within the gay, bi and trans communities.
For information on services, testing and other programs for MSM, go to www.pivotpdx.org.