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

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

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.