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AIDS Education and Prevention

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African American men -- Sexual health -- Web-based instruction, Health promotion, African American gay men -- Sexual health


HIV disproportionately affects Black men who have sex with men (MSM), yet there are few evidence-based programs that respond to the diverse realities of Black MSM communities. This article examines the development of Real Talk, a new harm reduction-based, sexual health intervention for Black MSM. We first analyze the key themes from our formative research: (1) stigma, discrimination, and intersectionalities in the lives of Black MSM, (2) the importance of safe spaces and community provided by health promotion programs, and (3) moving beyond condoms in sexual health messaging. We then describe our agile design product development process and present an overview of the intervention's components and how they respond to the issues identified in the formative research. In conclusion, we discuss dissemination opportunities and challenges in an age of decreased prevention funding, pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), and the increased use of e-health promotion modalities.


"Real Talk: Developing a Computer-Delivered Sexual Health Program for Black Men Who Have Sex With Men," Charles H. Klein and Carmela Lomonaco. 2017. Copyright Guilford Press. Reprinted with permission of The Guilford Press



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