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Black Same-Gender Men’s Communities in the Age of AIDS: The Socio-Cultural Contexts of Stigma, Marginalization and Structural Inequalities

20 April 2011
12:30 - 13:30

Date :

20 April 2011

Time :

12:15 – 14:00

Presenters :

Dr Leo Wilton, State University of New York at Binghamton, USA Departments of Human Development and Africana Studies


You are cordially invited to attend a seminar by Dr Leo Wilton, State University of New York at Binghamton, USA Departments of Human Development and Africana Studies.


Black men who have sex with men (MSM) have experienced substantial HIV/STI infection rates. Yet, there has been a significant void in HIV prevention research on black MSM communities in relation to the AIDS epidemic. The objective of this seminar is to better understand the socio-cultural contexts of stigma, marginalization, and structural inequalities that have had an impact on the disparate HIV/STI infection rates in black MSM communities.


This seminar will address the dire need for the development of and sustained emphasis on culturally grounded HIV prevention research efforts in black MSM communities that address asymmetrical social processes that increase black MSM vulnerabilities to HIV/STI infection. These areas provide a critical approach to the work on health disparities that engage a critique of traditional macro- and micro-level public health paradigms and approaches in relation to the socio-political processes that influence structural inequalities in black MSM communities. This paradigm shift provides a context for the incorporation of culturally relevant approaches at the ground level from black MSM perspectives in addressing the complexities of the AIDS epidemic for black MSM, as situated in the everyday, lived experiences of black MSM.


The presentation from the seminar is available for download


The audio presentation for the seminar is available for download


Leo Wilton, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Human Development and Africana Studies at the State University of New York at Binghamton. His primary research interests include health disparities (HIV and AIDS); community based research and evaluation; and Black psychological development and mental health. His scholarly research on the AIDS epidemic focuses on the intersectionality of race, gender, and sexuality, particularly as related to the experiences of Black gay and bisexual men. His research also focuses on Black communities and the politics of health within the context of the AIDS epidemic in the African Diaspora.

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