Medical treatment for men who have sex with men and are living with HIV/AIDS

Am J Mens Health. 2009 Dec;3(4):319-29. doi: 10.1177/1557988308323902. Epub 2008 Sep 23.


This study focuses on a sample of men who have sex with men (MSM) living with HIV/AIDS in a south Florida community. The study uses a mixed-method, quantitative, and qualitative research design. The purpose of the study was to identify individual and service system characteristics that impact access, retention, and adherence to an HIV/AIDS medical treatment regimen. The study identified many men who were not likely to seek treatment after their initial HIV/AIDS diagnosis. Compared with the general population living with HIV/AIDS in the same south Florida community many of these men were less likely to maintain a regimen of medical care for their HIV/AIDS. The study indicated that the following issues affected medical treatment and treatment adherence: treatment readiness, presence of support networks, availability of "MSM-friendly" health providers, and the cultural competency of substance abuse providers.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Delivery of Health Care / organization & administration*
  • Florida
  • Focus Groups
  • HIV Infections / drug therapy*
  • Health Policy
  • Health Services Accessibility
  • Homosexuality, Male*
  • Humans
  • Interviews as Topic
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Patient Compliance
  • Survivors*
  • Young Adult