This case study is being developed to bring to light the experiences of the LGBT community (specifically Men who have sex with Men or MSMs) related to HIV. According to the CDC, MSMs account for over 50% of those living with HIV and 70% of new infections are located within this population. The storyline centers around the experience of a gay college student struggling with the fact that he may have contracted HIV. Throughout the case study, students follow the character’s intellectual journey to understand the nature of the disease such as transmission, preventative measures, and the differences between HIV and AIDS. Additionally, the students are exposed to new knowledge on who is disproportionately impacted by HIV, including sexual minority populations such as MSM’s, especially those of color. The inequality is caused by a number of factors including racism, homophobia, classism, stigmatization, and heteronormative HIV prevention methods and research. As a final assessment of their knowledge, students create and present a public health project designed to inform and educate the public on HIV. After a round of implementation, this case study is being revised to submit for publication, so any feedback or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
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