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1 Cultural Competence: Strengthening the Clinicians Role in Delivering Quality HIV Care within Hispanic Adolescent MSM Communities February 9, 2012 Updated August 10, 2013 Presented by Lisa Hightow-Weidman, MD, MPH Clinical Associate Professor University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

2  Understand the impact of the epidemic among young Latino men who have sex with men (MSM)  Identify critical cultural issues and other considerations related to Latino MSM and HIV infection  Provide an example of a successful HIV prevention intervention with Latino MSM  Identify important priorities for maintaining the health and wellness of young Latino MSM

3  MSM embodies a wide range of men with varying social identities related to their sexual and or relationship practices with other men.  The term “Latino” is used to denote a person of Cuban, Mexican, Puerto Rican, South or Central American, or other Spanish culture or origin regardless of race as men born in the U.S.  Youth/young encompasses adolescents and young adults ages 13-24 years.

4  The Latino community is the fastest growing population in the U.S. and the group with the second-highest risk for HIV/AIDS 1  Between 2000 and 2010 the Latino population in the U.S. has increased by 43%; from 35.3 million in 2000, to 50.5 million in 2010 2 1.The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation HIV/AIDS Policy Fact Sheet. Latinos and HIV July 2010 2. U.S. Bureau of the Census 2012. Available at

5 U.S. Bureau of the Census, Available at






11  Risk factors vary by country of origin  Cultural beliefs  Substance and alcohol use  Engagement in HIV risk behaviors/High rates of STIs  Low HIV testing rates  Limited access to health care/HIV treatment  Language

12 Country of Birth Central/South America (n=814) Cuba (n=145) Mexico (n=1334) Puerto Rico (n=1346) United States (n=2608) AIDS Cases (%) MSMIDUMSM and IDU High-Risk Heterosexual Contact AIDS Diagnosed in the United States During 2006 Other CDC. HIV/AIDS Surveillance Report, 2006. 2007;18:1-46. 49% 62% 18% 59% 45% 10% 9% 10% 40% 22% 3% 4/4% 5% 6% 36% 24% 26% 36% 25% 1% 0% 2% 1/1%

13  Discrimination toward homosexual behavior, racism and poverty associated with greater rates of sexual risk behaviors among Latino MSM  Internalized homophobia associated with increased consumption of drugs and alcohol during sex among Latino MSM Jarama, AIDS Behav, 2005; Mizuno, AIDS Behav, 2011; Diaz, AJPH, 2001

14 Huebner, AJPH, 2004

15  Multisite study of 351 racial/ethnic HIV+ minority young MSM Hightow-Weidman, AIDS Patient Care and STDs, in press

16  19% HIV-positive  912 men recruited in 35 Latino gay bars New York:n = 309 Miami:n = 302 Los Angeles:n = 301  50% under age 30  82% self-identified as gay or homosexual  55% some college or more  27% unemployed  73% immigrant (including from Puerto Rico)  41% mostly Spanish- speaking (with friends) Diaz, AJPH, 2001

17 Made fun of as a child Violence as a child Made fun of as an adult Police harassment Violence as an adult As a child heard gays grow old alone Had to move away from family Job discrimination Have had to pretend to be straight As a child felt their gayness hurt family As a child heard gays not normal 91% (89-94) 70% (66-75) 64% (59-69) 15% (12-18) 20% (17-24) 29% (25-33) 71% (67-75) 10% (7-12) 50% (45-54) 18% (15-21) 64% (60-68) Diaz, AJPH, 2001 Ever experienced % (95% confidence interval)

18  Machismo: complicated and global concept that defines what is “manly” in the Latino community; may consist of values and behaviors related to masculinity, pride, bravery, and invulnerability  Familismo: Strong commitment to family.  Acculturation: the exchange of cultural features that results when groups of individuals having different cultures come into continuous first hand contact.

19 POSITIVE CHARACTERISTICS NEGATIVE CHARACTERISTICS  Proving masculinity through power and dominance can lead both straight and gay Latino men to engage in risky sex behavior  Higher levels of machismo predicts having a greater number of sex partners  Exaggerated hyper-masculinity can be expressed with physical and sexual aggressiveness  Latino men may perceive themselves as invulnerable to HIV CDC. Available at: ; Jarama, AIDS Behav, 2005.

20  Can be a strong incentive for some Latino men to reduce unprotected sex with casual partners.  Can also be a source of conflict for young Latino MSM, whose families may have a negative view of homosexuality.  Many Latino MSM identify themselves as heterosexual and, as a result, may not relate to prevention messages crafted for gay men.  Individuals may delay or refuse treatment because of the advice and opinions of family CDC. Available at:

21  Fatalismo: (fatalism) may convince some Latinos that it is in their destiny to be afflicted with HIV  Latinos more likely than Whites to think that chronic disease is determined by God and therefore must be accepted and endured as punishment for personal sins  Marianismo: a cultural concept in women that encompasses qualities of chastity, virginity, devotion to home and family  For some Latinas admitting that their husbands may have infected them through infidelity could possibly be interpreted as domestic failure of their role as wife Stone V, et al. HIV/AIDS in U.S. Communities of Color. Springer; New York, NY: 2009.

22  Greater acculturation into the U.S. culture has been associated with the adoption of several health-protective behaviors among Latinos, as well as with an increase in behaviors that are risk factors for HIV infection.  Latino MSM frequently report coming to the U.S. to escape homonegativity and to achieve greater sexual freedom  Among younger MSM - tendency to engage in high levels of sexual activity during the early period after arrival Bianchi FT, Culture, Health and Sexuality, 2007

23  Constant mobility  Cultural  Linguistic  Geographic barriers to health care services  Change in sexual practices  Limited education  Psychosocial factors  Isolation  Discrimination  Poverty  Chronic underemployment  Substandard housing Organista, KC et al. Migrant laborers and AIDS in the United States: A Review of the literature. AIDS Educ. Prev. 1997;9:83-93

24  Adoption of new sexual practices  Seeking companionship to compensate for the alienating aspects of migration experience  Fewer constraints or social control on behaviors  Exposure to previously unknown or unacceptable sexual behaviors and practices  Exchange sexual services for money, food or lodging  Low levels of knowledge relating to the mechanisms of HIV infection and prevention  Multiple partners  Low condom use  Increased alcohol and drug use  Limited access to medical care and HIV testing HIV Risk Ten Times Higher for Migrant Farm-workers. Public Health Rep. 1994;109:459

25 20-24 years25-29 years CDC,

26 Campsmith ML, JAIDS. 2009 21% of 1,106,400 HIV-infected persons in the United States were undiagnosed in 2006.

27 MacKellar DA, JAIDS. 2005. Conducted in Baltimore, Dallas, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, and Seattle. WhiteHispanicBlack 10% of 5649 Young MSM Tested Were HIV Positive 77% Were Unaware They Were HIV Infected Unaware of HIV Infection Aware of HIV Infection 75% WhiteHispanic Black 75% 91% 56% 64% 91% 15 to 22 Years of Age 23 to 29 Years of Age

28 CDC, 2010

29 Proportion of patients by race/ethnicity presenting with CD4 counts <350 cells/µl by period entering care. Categorized by CD4 count distribution. A. Dennis, et al, Clinical Infect Dis. 2011

30 Delayed presentation, which is common among Latino patients 1, results in  Disproportionately high number with AIDS 2  High baseline viral load  Impaired immune status 3  Increased morbidity, hospitalization for OIs  Increased mortality 1. Suplemental HIV Surveillance Study Project. Los Angeles County, Department of Heatlh Services, January 2000 2. Turner et al, Delayed Medical Care After Diagnosis of Persons Infected with HIV. Arch of Int Med 16, 2000 3. Swindells S. AIDS. 2002;16:1832-1834.

31  U.S. health system is confusing: Understanding insurance and ways to pay for healthcare  Language for monolingual Spanish speakers  Names: some Latinos use two or more last names and sometimes they are hyphenated  Time away from work: Economic loss  Urgent comes before important  Undocumented status: Fear of being reported by healthcare staff Bowden, et al. Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences 2006.

32 Behavioral Interventions for young Latino MSM

33  Paucity of data examining HIV prevention within Latinos in general and within Latino MSM in particular  Only one reported RCT that addressed an HIV prevention intervention directed specifically at Latino MSM 1  Interventions focused on MSM in general are less effective for Latino MSM 2 1 Carballo-Dieguez, AIDS Care, 2005; 2 Johnson, Cochrane Review, 2008

34  Helped reduce risky sexual behaviors among Latino adolescents (55% male), even a year after students attended the training.  The intervention consists of six 60-minute modules delivered to small, mixed-gender groups.  ¡Cuídate! incorporates salient aspects of Latino culture, including familismo and gender-role expectations like machismo.  These cultural beliefs are used to frame abstinence and condom use as culturally accepted and effective ways to prevent sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV.

35 Case Presentation

36  Pedro is a 19-year-old youth from Mexico.  He is a seasonal worker who spends months each year in the US working as a day laborer.  He has a girlfriend and a 2 month old son in Mexico. He sends financial support to his family when he can.

37  When in the United States, he lives with 2 male roommates, one of whom he has sex with from time to time.  His girlfriend and family in Mexico and most of his friends are unaware of his sexual relationships with men. He is afraid to face rejection from his family. Pedro has not been tested for HIV and he is concerned about his status.  Is Pedro at risk for HIV?  How should the provider discuss this with him?

38  Lack of knowledge about HIV/AIDS and new treatments  Fear of knowing they have the disease  HIV-related stigma and discrimination  Financial reasons that extend beyond testing and include costs related to follow-up health care, medications, and possible job loss  Cultural attitudes  Believing that this could never happen to them  Mistrust of health care providers  Drug use  Mental illness Daniels P, et al. J Natl Med Assoc. 2004;96:1107-1108.

39  Pedro tests positive for HIV infection and is referred to an HIV provider  What are some things to consider that might be barriers for Pedro to keep that appointment?

40  Linguistic Issues – English, Spanish, Portuguese, etc.  Access to Care and HIV Testing  Under/uninsured – lack of citizenship, job characteristics, poverty  Education – 50% Latinos not completing high school  Transportation, no childcare, excessive waiting times, can’t miss work  Constructs of Culture and Gender  Religious beliefs  Gender roles  Fatalistic views of life – “que sera, que sera”  Stigma – greater than in U.S. culture  Bias of Health Care Provider

41  Personalismo. Preference for relationships with others that reflect a certain familiarity and warmth.  May be more likely to trust and collaborate with someone with whom they had pleasant conversations.  Simpatia. The importance of polite and cordial social relations. (central cultural value and social expectation). Shuns assertiveness, direct negative responses and criticism.

42  Pedro makes it to the HIV clinic  At his first visit  HIV-1 RNA was 88,500 copies/mL  CD4+ cell is 280 cells/mm 3  What are some important things to consider at that first visit?  Should Pedro start medications?

43  Eye contact – demonstrates respect  Facial Expression – an unexaggerated, friendly smile  Gestures – stand up, walk to, & greet patient  Touch – greet with handshake and offer handshake upon completion of the encounter  Voice Intonation – speaking loudly will not increase understanding  Addressing Latino Patients – the use of titles  The Use of Interpreters

44  Key issues to explore with the patient  Are they ready to begin HAART  Can they take and adhere to the prescribed HAART regimen  Do they believe the medications are effective and can make a difference  Evaluate for depression and active substance abuse  Evaluate for heath literacy level  Become familiar with the patient’s social situation, stability of social and living situation, psychosocial supports and key people in their life  Logistical aspects  Medication organizers Stone V, et al. HIV/AIDS in U.S. Communities of Color. Springer; New York, NY: 2009.

45  Identify the patient’s core cultural issues  Explore the meaning of the illness to the patient  Explore the patient’s social context  Life control  Change in environment  Literacy and language  Support systems  Negotiate across patient-physician culture to develop a treatment plan that is mutually agreeable Stone V, et al. HIV/AIDS in U.S. Communities of Color. Springer; New York, NY: 2009. Carrillo JE, et al. Ann Intern Med. 1999;130:829-834. Stone VE. Clin Infect Dis. 2004;38:400-404.

46  Build trust and optimize patient-provider encounter  Be aware of health-related cultural beliefs, including stigma, within the predominant minority groups in your practice  Be comfortable and skilled in eliciting personal and cultural views and perspective of each individual patient and applying a cultural competency framework for each visit Stone V, et al. HIV/AIDS in U.S. Communities of Color. Springer; New York, NY: 2009.

47  Based on family traditions, various religions, and the balance nature.  Common illnesses are usually treated by, or at the advice of, a family caregiver – typically a female caregiver.  Acculturation\Americaniza tion tends to lead to a hybrid of conventional and traditional medicine.  Cuaranderos  (Spiritual Healers)  Santeros  (Magic Practitioners)  Yerberos  (Herbalist)  Supplies, amulets, dietary supplements can be purchased in the community at stores called “Botanicas”. Source: Ortiz, et al. The Annals of Pharmacotherapy 2007

48  Awareness and acceptance of differences  Awareness of your own cultural values  Awareness of dynamics of differences  Development of cultural knowledge  Ability to work within other’s cultural context  Healthy self-concept  Free from ethnocentric judgment 1. Donini- Lenhoff FG et al. Increasing awareness and implementation of cultural competence principles in health education professions education. J. Allied Health. 2000;29:241-245.; 2. Robins LS et al. Improving cultural awareness and sensitivity training in medical school. Academic Med. 1998;73 (10 suppl): S31-S34.

49  Latino/ a / Hispanic people are a heterogeneous group.  Cultural beliefs may affect one’s risk for HIV infection and one’s choices for health care if infected.  Migration and immigration can be an isolating experience and may lead to HIV risk behavior.

50  Gay and Bisexual Latino’s experience a unique set of cultural challenges when faced with HIV.  Barriers to care may not be apparent. Open up a discussion about fears or challenges associated with HIV care.  Traditional medicine can be a complement or a determent to HIV care. Take interest in family traditions centered around health and healing.

51  Cultural Competence: Strengthening the Clinicians Role in Delivering Quality HIV Care within Hispanic Adolescent MSM Communities  Goulda Downer, Ph.D., RD, LN, CNS - Principle Investigator/Project Director (AETC-NMC)  Josepha Campinha-Bacote, PhD, MAR, PMHCNS-BC, CTN-A, FAAN  I. Jean Davis, PhD, DC,PA  Denise Bailey, MEd.


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