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An Evaluation of Mpowerment on Individual-Level HIV Risk Behavior, Testing, and Psychosocial Factors Among Young MSM of Color: The Monitoring and Evaluation of MP (MEM) Project.

Research paper by Gene G Shelley, Weston W Williams, Gary G Uhl, Tamoka T Hoyte, Adanze A Eke, Carolyn C Wright, Gregory G Rebchook, Lance L Pollack, Kelly K Bell, Yan Y Wang, Qi Q Cheng, Susan M SM Kegeles

Indexed on: 15 Feb '17Published on: 15 Feb '17Published in: AIDS education and prevention : official publication of the International Society for AIDS Education



Abstract

Young men who have sex with men (MSM) of color are at increased risk for HIV infection. Mpowerment (MP) is an intervention designed to reduce risky sexual behavior and increase HIV testing among young MSM ages 18-29. From 2009 to 2012, three community-based organizations with support from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention evaluated MP among N = 298 participants. Following a repeated measures design, data from 3- and 6-month follow-ups were compared to baseline. HIV testing and self-efficacy for safer sex increased at both follow-up time points; self-acceptance as an MSM was higher at follow-up 2. Condomless anal/vaginal sex was lower at follow-up 1 only. Frequency of exchange of safer sex messages among gay/bisexual/transgender friends was lower at follow-up 1, but similar to baseline at follow-up 2. Exposure to MP was associated with improved perceived positive social norms about safer sex and safer sex messages among gay/bisexual/transgender friends.