Revolutionary Training Website to Help Doctors Tackle Implicit Bias, Provide Better Care to Black Gay Men

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“When new infections among young Black gay men increase by nearly 50 percent in three years, we need to do more to show them that their lives matter.” - President Barack Obama, World AIDS Day 2011

Washington, DC – NASTAD (National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors) is excited to announce the launch of a new online training platform, HisHealth.org, to help doctors, nurses, and medical professionals identify and unlearn racial biases that create barriers to good care and elevate the quality of healthcare for Black gay men and other Black men who have sex with men.

The barriers for Black gay men in search of medical care are high. Even though most medical providers want to give good care, only 1 in 3 doctors know about PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) – a groundbreaking HIV-prevention medication. Many doctors aren’t versed in providing quality care for LGBTQ people, and research indicates implicit bias has led to subpar care for Black Americans. “His Health” provides accredited in-depth training for medical professionals, while sharing profiles of the nation’s best sexual health care programs for Black gay men.

“Finding a good doctor as a Black gay man with HIV is incredibly difficult,” said Terrance Moore, Deputy Executive Director at NASTAD. “Research shows that implicit bias stops many doctors from providing high-quality care to Black Americans. Add to that a lack of understanding about the sexual health care needs of LGBTQ patients, and many men I know would rather stay home. That’s why this new tool is so important – we can help healthcare providers fight implicit bias and provide better care.”

HisHealth.org is a dynamic training tool that:

“There is a lot of discussion right now about implicit bias and police brutality in the U.S. – but the truth is, this is a huge challenge for healthcare providers as well,” said Omoro Omoighe, Associate Director of Health Equity at NASTAD. “We know doctors and nurses desperately wish to offer culturally affirming healthcare that is stigma-free to Black LGBTQ patients. With the advent of His Health, they now have the tools necessary to tackle implicit bias and feel more confident in their ability to uplift the standard of care for Black gay men while maintaining their licensure to practice medicine.”

The His Health platform was developed for and by Black gay men and their healthcare providers, in partnership with NASTAD and the Health Resources Services Administration’s HIV/AIDS Bureau (HRSA/HAB) in response to the high HIV rates among Black gay men.

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