Client(s): Minnesota Dept. of Health
Services: Health Care & Public Health Planning, Training & Technical Assistance, Applied Research & Evaluation
Technical Expertise: HIV & Infectious Diseases, State and Local Public Health
The HIV/AIDS epidemic continues to increase among gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (MSM). In 2009, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) contracted with JSI to learn more about the status of HIV prevention among its MSM community. JSI conducted key informant interviews, focus groups, and an online survey to assess the current view of HIV & AIDS among members of the gay and bisexual men's community, to learn about their perceptions of existing HIV prevention services and to get a sense of what an ideal HIV prevention service system might look like going forward. MDH contracted again with JSI in 2010 to conduct follow-up activities related to the previous assessment, allowing JSI to collect data from Latino gay and bisexual men as well as transgender (female-to-male) men who have sex with men. In addition, JSI and its local subcontractor, Bob Tracy Associates, conducted strategic thinking sessions with MDH staff to implement the report's recommendations and assist MDH with a public release of the report.
On Monday, March 21, 2011, JSI presented the findings from this assessment at a community discussion hosted by the Minnesota Department of Health with the goal of planning how to improve HIV/AIDS prevention services to the MSM community.
Assessment of Minnesota HIV/AIDS Prevention Services for Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Other Men who Have Sex with Men (MSM) Report