Afro Pride understands the shared cultural norms of the people of color in the LGBTQ Community. Our goal aims to improve client outcomes, provide a safe place to heal, and expand Mental Health Services.
Afro Pride Federation, Inc is partnered with local HIV/AIDS Healthcare Providers to provide STI/HIV prevention, education, testing, and linkage. Our mental health & substance abuse service providers are culturally informed with years of experience in HIV/AIDS-related co-occurring mental disorders, substance abuse, and implementing evidence-based interventions. Afro Pride Federation Inc launches HIV/AIDS campaigns related to stigma, prevention, awareness, fundraising, and resources. Stigma in the Black & Brown LGBTQ+ community in Broward county plays a big role in barriers to healthcare. In our support groups and community collaboration meetings, we often discuss issues relating to individuals avoiding healthcare due to not wanting their families, friends, employers, and others to know about their diagnosis. Members of this population also frequently mention barriers to care relating to racism and discrimination. The issue of cultural mistrust of institutions serving Black & Brown LGBTQ+ populations is a subject that often arises during discussions. Afro Pride Federation Inc continues to cultivate community-driven strategies to combat the high rates of HIV/AIDS in the Black & Brown LGBTQ+ population in South Florida.
According to recent studies, Broward County HIV Prevention Planning Council (BCHPPC) reports that Blacks are disproportionately impacted by HIV/AIDS. Blacks accounted for 42% of adult HIV cases and 61% of adult AIDS cases. Blacks also represented 42% or more of the cases each year. Among black males, the HIV infection case rate is nearly 2 times higher than the rate among white males, and the residents born in Haiti and living in Broward represented 22% of Black non-Hispanic living AIDS cases. The second-highest proportion of mode of exposure for black males was MSM 43%. Since 2007, the highest case rate of resident deaths due to HIV/AIDS disease was among black males. CDC recent studies report about 1 in 7 transgender women have HIV and the percentage is much higher among African Americans. It is our mission to make a positive impact in the Black & Brown LGBTQ+ community by planning, strategizing, and prioritizing HIV prevention tactics and highlighting issues that the Black & Brown LGBTQ+ community endures in HIV/AIDS healthcare in Broward County.