Exploring Service Provider Perceptions of Treatment Barriers Facing Black, Non-Gay-Identified MSMW

Bradley Forenza, Ellen Benoit

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Non-gay-identified men who have sex with men and women and who use alcohol and other drugs are a vulnerable population. Little is known about health and medical service provider interaction with these underserved clients. This article presents a thematic analysis of two focus groups undertaken with social and medical service providers regarding the needs of non-gay-identified men who have sex with men and women. Four emergent themes (labeling, constructions of masculinity, HIV/AIDS awareness, and treatment success) illustrate perceived barriers to HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment, as well as treatment success. Implications for policy, practice, and future research are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)114-129
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Ethnic and Cultural Diversity in Social Work
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2 Apr 2016



  • men who have sex with men and women
  • prevention services
  • stigma

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