Addressing PrEP Disparities among Young Gay & Bisexual Men in CA
(CA HIV/AIDS Research Program)
Young gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (YMSM), particularly black and Latino YMSM, are at highest risk for HIV in California and across the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that if current rates persist, half of all black—and a quarter of all Latino—gay and bisexual men could be infected with HIV in their lifetimes. Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is a highly effective HIV prevention intervention that could drastically reduce the number of new HIV infections among YMSM. PrEP uses a well-established antiretroviral medication, Truvada, to block HIV infection in at-risk HIV-negative individuals. When taken as prescribed, Truvada is proven to be over 90 percent effective at preventing HIV.
GRS Voted Best HIV Resource in Outword Best of 2016 Issue!
The Bolt hosted a "Diversity Day" fundraiser event on Feb. 17.
This year's recipient was Golden Rule Services. The purpose of the event was to acknowledge and celebrate the diversity within our community, raise awareness of the disproportionate rates of HIV in People of Color communities, and encourage patrons to know their HIV status. Patrons were provided free BBQ, drink specials, and opportunities to win one of the 20 donated raffle prizes. GRS provided attendees with free HIV and STD screenings. Nine individuals were tested. General donations, Jell-O shots and raffle tickets sales resulted in raising $375.
"Doing It" is a new HIV testing and prevention campaign designed to motivate all adults to get tested for HIV and know their status.