MEN Count: Pilot Evaluation of a Structural and Behavioral HIV Risk Reduction Program for Black Men
To date, two small pilot studies of MEN Count have been conducted with Black heterosexual men in Boston, MA (N = 50) and Washington, DC (N = 10). Eligible participants were at least 18, unstably housed and/or unemployed and reported unprotected sex with 2 or more sex partners, in the last 6 months.
Pilot study results document the utility of MEN Count with regard to HIV risk reduction for unstably housed and/or unemployed Black heterosexual men. Pilot studies reached men with histories of incarceration (68% in Boston; 90% in DC) and in Boston, high STI rates (14% incidence of chlamydia and gonorrhea). The larger Boston study documented good program retention rates (86%) and significant reductions in unstable housing and employment, and increased condom use among MEN Count participants at 2 month follow-up (p<.05).
MEN Count is promising, as it appears to have efficacy in increasing condom use and reducing unstable housing and unemployment for program participants. The intervention is currently being evaluated via a rigorous two-armed RCT with 504 Black heterosexual men in Washington, DC.
Learning Areas:Conduct evaluation related to programs, research, and other areas of practice
Public health or related research
Describe the social-structural context of unemployment and unstable housing for Black heterosexual men’s behavioral risks for HIV.
Keyword(s): African American, HIV Risk Behavior
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Jennifer Yore is a Project Manager for UCSD’s Center on Gender Equity and Health. Currently, she manages multiple intervention and evaluation studies for Dr. Anita Raj, PhD. She has a MPH in International Health and Development from Tulane University. Jennifer has programmatic as well as research experience in maternal and child/reproductive health, HIV/AIDS, tobacco prevention and control, and community health.
Any relevant financial relationships? No
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