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Core Elements & Fact Sheet

About Mpowerment

The Mpowerment Project was developed for young gay and bisexual men (YGBSMSM) of diverse backgrounds ages 18-29. It focuses on increasing HIV testing; decreasing sexual risk behavior among HIV-positive (i.e., prevention with positives), HIV-negative, and YGBMSM who do not know their HIV-status; and distributing condoms and lubricant. Please visit Mpowerment Project’s website for more information.

Intervention/Strategy Goals:

  1. The intervention aims to reduce sexual risk taking.
  2. The intervention encourages regular HIV testing.
  3. The intervention builds positive social connections.
  4. The intervention supports peers to have safer sex.

Intervention/Strategy Core Elements*:

  • Core Group: The intervention is run by a Core Group of 12-20 YGBMSM.
  • Formal Outreach: Teams of YGBMSM go to locations frequented by other young men to discuss and promote frequent HIV testing and safer sex, distribute condoms and lubricants, and deliver appealing literature on testing and HIV risk reduction.
  • M-groups: These peer-led, 3-hour meetings of 8-10 YGBMSM discuss factors contributing to infrequent or no HIV testing and unsafe sex among the men (e.g., increasing motivation for frequent HIV testing, meeting partners online, beliefs that safer sex is not enjoyable, and poor sexual communication skills).
  • Informal Outreach: Informal outreach consists of YGBMSM discussing the need for frequent HIV testing and safer sex with their friends in their social networks.
  • Ongoing Publicity Campaign: The campaign attracts men to the project by word of mouth and publicity-related outreach at bars/clubs, and through online methods.
  • Project Space: Ideally, the project has its own physical space where most social events and meetings are held and which serves as a drop-in center where YGBMSM can meet and socialize.
*Core elements are the characteristics of an individual intervention presumed to be responsible for the efficacy of the intervention.

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