Black MSM and the National Strategy for HIV/AIDS: A Strengths Based Policy Analysis – Pages 1-7

Devyani Chandran1, Mary S. Carlsen2 and Amanda Moua3

1Western Washington University, Bellingham, Washington, 98225, USA; 2MSW, LISW Professor of Social Work, St. Olaf College Northfield, MN 55057, USA; 3LGSW, Psychotherapist, Family Partnership, Minnesota

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Abstract: The National Strategy on HIV/AIDS (NHAS) is the latest in a long line of policy measures that attempt to address the needs of domestic populations who are vulnerable to HIV/AIDS. This article utilizes a strengths framework to guide policy formulation, implementation, and analysis. It explores whether the NHAS is strengths based and how effectively it addresses the unique vulnerability of Black Men Who Have Sex with Men (BMSM) to HIV/AIDS. Recommendations for policy practitioners include embracing the diversity and strengths of BMSM and enhancing the involvement of social workers in the implementation and evaluation of NHAS programs.

Keywords: HIV/AIDS, Strengths, Black MSM, Social Work, Social Policy.
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