Context Matters: HIV/STBBI Prevention & Care for Young Men

Date: 
Feb 27, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Location: 
700-828 W. 10 Ave., VGH Research Pavilion
Presenter: 
Jean Shoveller
Details: 

In Canada and many other countries, STI and HIV diagnoses have been increasing steadily among young men (born 1980–1999), as compared with decreasing rates of new diagnoses among men born pre-1980. At the same time, young men’s participation in STBBI/HIV testing and linkage to care remains low, particularly in marginalized subgroups. Today’s young men launch their sexual careers amidst a proliferation of social media (e.g., online dating), evolving legal frameworks (e.g., criminalization of HIV), and novel biotechnical advances in STI/HIV testing, prevention and treatment (e.g., Treatment as Prevention). Research that examines how these and other features of contemporary life (e.g., evolving gender regimes; better understandings of life course perspectives) might influence the effective and ethical implementation of new and ongoing STI/HIV testing, treatment and prevention interventions. Professor Shoveller's presentation is designed to help learners to: (1) understand young men as an important population for HIV/STBBI prevention and care; (2) identify key barriers in the context of prevention, testing, and care facing today's young men; (3) describe how social health inequalities affect young men's sexual lives across life course; and (4) identify promising interventions within and beyond the health care system to address young men's needs in this area.