Syndemics and HIV among Men Who Have Sex with Men (MSM) in the U.S.: Understanding Risk in Context

Presenter: Patrick Wilson, PhD, MApw2219_Wilson-Patrick_0, Associate Professor, Sociomedical Sciences, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health

Date: May 5th, 2015

Description:  Syndemics offer a useful framework through which we can potentially explain enhanced HIV risk among MSM in that it describe “clustering” of diff physiological and sociological epidemics by person, place, or time. Dr. Patrick Wilson discusses the problem of HIV in our own country – where the prevalence of HIV in black and Latino communities is high and where the HIV epidemic tends to be increasing in MSM in the US. This webinar takes a look at how looking at, and targeting the behavioral, social, and structural factors that influence disparities in HIV epidemic in black and white MSM may help to address said disparities in comprehensive, “de-silo’ed” ways.

Learning objectives for the webinar include:

  • Epidemiological background on HIV among MSM.
  • Syndemics as a new perspective to understanding HIV among MSM & resilience concept.
  • Approaches to intervening among the syndemic affecting MSMS in the US.

Recommended pre-webinar reading: Wilson, P.A., Nanin, J, Wallace, S., Cherenack, E.M., Fullilove, R. (2014). Using syndemic theory to understand vulnerability to HIV infection among Black and Latino men in New York City. Journal of Urban Health, 9(5), 983-998. Patrick Wilson article

Reflection Questions: What is a syndemic? What are key concepts of the syndemic affecting Black and Latino MSM in the U.S.? How does the concept of syndemics increase our ability to describe and intervene upon the disparities in HIV/AIDS affecting MSM of color in the U.S.?

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