intervention mantra is: Brothers Keeping Brothers Safe
. Brothers Keeping Brothers Safe
refers to black MSM influencing one another to practice safer sex and stop transmission. When the social norm is shifted in a social network of black MSM the behavior of every
individual in the network is impacted. Brothers Keeping Brothers Safe
indicates that brothers are the most effective and far-reaching agents of behavior change for themselves that exists in the world.
NOTE: d-up! is adapted to
Black MSM. Agencies interested in targeting other populations should
adapt POL or adapt/implement other appropriate DEBIs instead.
d-Up! Part 1 Video: An introduction to d-up!
A brief overview of the intervention.
Preview the Video:
d-Up! Part 2 Video: Implementing d-up!
Follow a Community-Based Organization's (Brothers inc.) implementation of d-up!
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Research and Development
T. Jones, MSW, Phyllis Gray, MPH, Y. Omar Whiteside, MEd, Terry Wang,
MSPH, Debra Bost, BA, Erica Dunbar, MPH, Evelyn Foust, MPH, and Wayne
D. Johnson, MSPH (2008). Evaluation of an HIV prevention intervention
adapted for Black men who have sex with men. American Journal of Public Health, 98 (6), 1043-1050.
Program Review Panel Information
The CDC requires all CDC-funded agencies using the d-up!
intervention to identify, or establish, and utilize a Program Review
Panel and complete Form 0.1113 to document this activity. The
intervention researchers and developers are not involved in this
activity. This is a CDC requirement for their grantees, and all
questions in this regard should be directed to your agency's CDC
Project Officer or to the health department funding your agency's
implementation of the intervention.
The Program Review Panel guidelines, instructions for completion of Form 0.113, and the form itself are available under the Related Links section of the this website.
CDC Policy on Youth Peer Outreach Workers
funded (directly or indirectly) agencies using youth (either paid or
volunteer) in program outreach activities need to use caution and
judgement in the venues/situations where youth workers are placed.
Agencies should give careful consideration to the "age appropriateness"
of the activity or venue. Additionally, agencies should comply with all
relevant laws and regulations regarding entrance into adult
establishments/environments. Laws and curfews should be clearly
outlined in required safety protocols developed and implemented by
agencies directly and indirectly funded by CDC.
If you have specific questions, please contact your CDC project officer.