MPOWERMENT: Good Evidence – Risk Reduction
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MPOWERMENT: Good Evidence – Risk Reduction

  • 10/20/2022

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    The Mpowerment Project is a community-level intervention based on an empowerment model where a core group of 10-15 young gay men design and carry out all project activities. The intervention consists of four integrated activities: formal and informal outreach, “M-groups,” and an ongoing publicity campaign. For formal outreach, teams of young gay men go to locations frequented by young gay men to discuss and promote safer sex, deliver appealing informational literature on HIV risk reduction, and distribute condoms. The team also creates their own social events (e.g., dances, video parties, picnics, discussion groups) to attract young gay men. M-groups are peer-led, 2–3-hour meetings of 8-10 young gay men who discuss factors that contribute to unsafe sex (misconceptions, beliefs that safer sex is not enjoyable, poor sexual communication skills). Through skillsbuilding exercises, the men practice correct condom use and safer sex negotiation. Participants receive free condoms and lubricant and are trained to conduct informal outreach, where they are encouraged to discuss safer sex with their friends. The ongoing publicity campaign attracts men to the project by word of mouth and through articles and advertisements in gay newspapers.
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