HIV Services For Men, Not Only Women, Crucial To Ending AIDS Epidemic
The Conversation: Dying from a treatable disease: HIV and the men we neglect
Kathryn Dovel, Phd candidate, and Sara Yeatman, associate professor in the Department of Health and Behavioral Sciences, both at the University of Colorado Denver; and Susan Watkins, professor emerita in the Department of Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania
“…Unlike women, men are not targeted by HIV policies to ensure they are tested and treated. As a result, heterosexual men have become a marginalized group when it comes to HIV services. They are systematically disadvantaged in their access to care. … [T]o stem the tide of the HIV pandemic, men must be included. We are not advocating that there needs to be an equal number of health services for men. Instead, we propose that more must be done for men than is currently offered. The international community has done a great deal to keep women and their children alive through the AIDS epidemic. It should not continue to overlook their husbands and fathers. Dedicated male-friendly HIV services are needed. The alternative scenario is dismal. … Men’s use of health services can be improved — we have seen it happen for women” (2/22).