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Welcome to the South Carolina MSM Workgroup website.
The MSM Workgroup was initially formed in September 2006 as the African American MSM (AAMSM) Workgroup, which was an AD HOC Group of the SC HIV Planning Council. There were approximately 20 members of the Workgroup from around the state, many of which are still active members.
The African-American MSM (AAMSM) Workgroup Committee consists of AAMSM as well as various representatives from the community. These representatives include an array of diverse educational and professional backgrounds, many in the HIV/AIDS arena, including Prevention Specialists, Counselors, Case Managers, DIS, Substance Abuse Counselors, Social Workers, and Blue-collar workers. With very close ties and direction from the SC DHEC STD/HIV/AIDS Viral Hepatitis Division, the AAMSM Workgroup Committee proactively seeks to serve all AAMSM ages 18 and above throughout South Carolina. The AAMSM Workgroup was created in order to address the many needs of AAMSM in South Carolina who represent a higher at-risk demographic.
Studies show more than half of African-American adult and adolescent males living with HIV/AIDS in the South Carolina were infected through sexual contact with other men. African-American males are also disproportionally affected by prostate cancer, stroke, heart disease, obesity, and other health issues. Many of these health issues, left undetected or untreated, can cause long term health problems and death. Increased social acceptance issues among AAMSM, including discrimination and homophobia, within society and the African-American community provides another source of increased adversity. The AAMSM Workgroup seeks to provide a support system to help combat the various health and social issues facing AAMSM in South Carolina.
The goal of the AAMSM Workgroup is to improve sexual health outcomes and influence healthy life choices of South Carolina’s AAMSM, including their social and sexual networks.