NASTAD Gay Men’s Health Equity Newsletter

By Andrew Zapfel February 3, 2020

Welcome to the second NASTAD Gay Men’s Health Equity work group (GMHE) newsletter! This quarterly newsletter includes updates from NASTAD’s work as well as news, resources, and tools to support your endeavors in strengthening the HIV and viral hepatitis response for gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men (GBM).

If you have questions on the NASTAD GMHE work group or updates you want to include for future newsletters, please email Maegan Samuel.


New California Bill to End the Epidemics of HIV, Hepatitis C and Other STDs in LGBTQ+ Community

For Civil Rights Leader Shunned for Being Gay, a Chance at Pardon and a New Legacy

HIV PrEP Could Also Lead to Big Reductions in Gonorrhea, Dutch Study Finds

HIV Cases Reduce By 71% Among UK Gay and Bisexual Men In Six Years

Resources and Tools

BHOC and NASTAD Digital Advertising Webinars

NASTAD and Building Healthy Online Communities Coalition have hosted two of three webinars on online advertising campaigns for health department and community-based organization staff. The first two webinars can be found here and here. The third webinar is scheduled for February 18. To join the webinar, please register here. Please contact Juan Flores for additional information.

BHOC AD Clearinghouse

Building Healthy Online Communities Coalition has developed a clearinghouse of different online advertisement campaigns used by health departments and community-based organizations across the country. The advertisements are free to be used and adapted. More information can be found here. 

NASTAD Brief – Gay, Bisexual and Other Men Who Have Sex With Men: Case Studies Of Health Department Websites

NASTAD developed this brief to showcase the value of promoting health education and resource dissemination on health department websites for GBM. The websites range from sharing information specific to HIV to providing holistic care needs to not just GBM, but to the broader lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) communities. The brief includes an overview of health departments’ work, background on website development, and information on what resources were needed for implementation. The brief can be found here.

Undetectable = Untransmittable: Health Department Engagement Map

NASTAD developed an interactive map that highlights the various state, county, and local health departments that endorsed the U=U consensus statement. Users can click on the active links to learn about these jurisdictions’ implementation of U=U. The tool can be found here.

NASTAD Updates

Farewell, Andrew Zapfel

Please join NASTAD in congratulating Andrew Zapfel on a wonderful opportunity to continue his public health work on the global scale. Andrew was instrumental in bringing new life to the GMHE work group – seeking member input in every decision regarding the GMHE and encouraging member feedback regarding the mission, structure, and deliverables. Andrew convened a successful symposium, led the GMHE work group in developing a 2019 roadmap, challenged NASTAD and health departments to examine the language we use to describe populations, and created numerous issue briefs, conference presentations, webinars, and resource tools. His tireless efforts ensured that the health of GBM remained a priority for NASTAD and health departments nation-wide.

NASTAD appreciates each of your contributions to the GMHE work group, and we remain committed to addressing the needs of GBM in the HIV and viral hepatitis response. As we navigate how to incorporate this work into NASTAD’s current portfolios, we welcome your input. Andrew’s last day at NASTAD is Thursday, February 6; please wish him well! If you have questions or concerns in the meantime, please contact Angela Johnson or Maegan Samuel.

NASTAD New Executive Director

NASTAD is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Stephen Lee to the position of Executive Director starting February 3. Dr. Lee brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in the HIV and hepatitis fields. He comes most recently from the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF), where he held numerous positions over the last thirteen years, including most recently Vice President, Program Implementation and Country Management. Dr. Lee has deep expertise in program and organizational management and his experience as a physician brings a much needed practical perspective concerning policy and program implementation.

New Research (note there may be a paywall for certain articles)

Sexual Orientation-Related Disparities in Healthcare Access in Three Cohorts of U.S. Adults

Why are Gay Leaders Perceived as Ineffective? The Role of the Type of Organization, Sexual Prejudice, and Gender Stereotypes

Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis Knowledge and Use Among Men Who Have Sex With Men in a Small Metropolitan Region of the Southeastern United States

Upcoming Partner Events – Next 6 Months

National Hispanic/Latinx Health Leadership Summit
The Hispanic/Latinx Health Leadership Network & Latino Commission on AIDS (LCOA)
March 2 – 3, 2020
Washington, DC

Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections 2020 (CROI 2020)
International Antiviral Society - USA
March 8 – 11, 2020
Boston, MA

2020 National Latinx Conference on HIV/HCV/SUD
Valley AIDS Council
April 3 – 5, 2020
Albuquerque, NM

LGBT Health Workforce Conference
April 23 – 25, 2020
New York, NY

The National Conference on HIV, HCV, STDs & LGBT Health (SYNChronicity 2020)
May 11 – 12, 2020
Washington, DC

Saving Ourselves Symposium (SOS): The BlackPrint
Southern AIDS Coalition
June 10 – 14, 2020
Atlanta, GA

23rd International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2020)
International AIDS Society
July 6 – 10, 2020
San Francisco, CA