David J. Malebranche, M.D., M.P.H.
Long Description: Dr. Malebranche’s research work has primarily focused on the social context of HIV risk behavior and treatment among Black men who have sex with men (MSM). In 2000, he completed a small qualitative study exploring the medical experiences of Black MSM, and how these experiences impact individual behavior and HIV sexual risk behavior, testing practices and adherence with medical advice and treatment. In 2003, he obtained a cooperative agreement with the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for a 3 year study on the sexual behaviors and testing practices of Black MSM. In this study, Dr. Malebranche and his team are examining the relationship between the independent variables of gender role conflict, racial identification and sexual identification and the outcomes of unprotected anal sex (UAI) and HIV testing practices. Additionally, Dr. Malebranche also recently obtained a 2 year R21 grant from the National Institute of Childhood and Human Development to conduct 60 interviews with bisexually active Black men. The goal of the study is to explore the lives of bisexually active men, and describe the social context that influences levels of disclosure of same sex behavior and sexual risk behavior with both their male and female sexual partners.
Dr. Malebranche’s clinical and research work has revealed that one of the primary factors influencing the behaviors that drive the HIV epidemic among Black men is poor mental health. Future projects and grants he plans to work on will involve mixed-methods qualitative and quantitative assessments of the state of mental health among Black men in this country. Specifically, exploring the unique social and cultural circumstances impacting the mental health of Black men of all ages, socioeconomic strata and sexual orientations, so we can better inform health interventions that will address this aspect of health that has an impact on many health behaviors, including sexual risk behavior.
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