API MSMAsian and Pacific Islander American men who have sex with men (AIDS criteria)
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The goal of the study was to identify themes regarding HIV prevention needs among API MSM as perceived by those working with this population.
All of the men interviewed (and most of the men in the focus groups) indicated a strong need for culturally competent HIV prevention interventions targeting API MSM.
Unfortunately, the subtle forms of racism were even apparent in HIV intervention materials that were intended to help API MSM.
Several scholars have noted the role of homophobia in the larger API community as a possible contributing factor for HIV risk behaviors among API MSM (Chng, Wong, Park, Edberg, & Lai, 2003; Choi et al.
Nonetheless, participants did note that the homophobia in the API community may prevent API MSM from coming out of the closet: "If you're closeted, then you're not going to get information about risk.
Among the obstacles discussed were the relatively small population size of GBQAPI men and the relative difficulty faced by API MSM in coming out of the closet.
This assessment may be different among API MSM who are still closeted.