Guest Opinion: Ernest Hopkins on HIV Among Young Black Gay and Bi Men
Last week at the 19th International AIDS Conference, we learned from the “BROTHERS” study that young gay and bisexual black men are becoming infected with HIV at three times the rate of their white counterparts. In a guest opinion in today’s Bay Area Reporter, Ernest Hopkins, San Francisco AIDS Foundation’s director of legislative affairs, weighs in on this disturbing and unacceptable trend, and how we can turn it around.
By Ernest Hopkins
Every two years, the global AIDS community gathers to share ideas on HIV prevention and care, learn about the latest medical advances, and renew our shared commitment to ending the HIV/AIDS epidemic. This year’s International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2012) in Washington, D.C., was the first held in the United States in more than two decades. It provided an important moment in the epidemic for us all to collectively examine where we stand and what we must do to create the AIDS-free generation that President Barack Obama so boldly envisions….