The impact of location on implementation of HIV/STI prevention interventions among LGBTQ communities
Key take-home messages
- The characteristics of a location, including segregation, community-level stigma, and infrastructural resources, may influence HIV service utilization and the HIV continuum of care among men who have sex with men.
- Implementation of HIV prevention interventions may be affected by whether a location is convenient, allows for anonymity, and makes one vulnerable to HIV stigma and homophobia.
- Evidence-based interventions that do not “fit” a particular setting may be resisted by the target population. Therefore, researchers recommend adapting interventions to fit the local context of the communities they are serving.
- Structural interventions, such as those to reduce HIV stigma and homophobia within neighbourhoods, have also been recommended by researchers to improve the social and structural conditions of neighbourhoods with high HIV prevalence.
The Ontario HIV Treatment Network: Rapid Response Service
- Determinants of Health
- Health services
- Men who have sex with men
- Transgender communities
- Sexual risk behaviour
- Biomedical interventions