Participation, Culture and Identity: Engaging Young African American Men in HIV/AIDS Prevention*


Young African American men face particular risks and challenges related to HIV/AIDS. Properly engaged, they also provide an impor­tant resource for improving public health indicators within the Afri­can American community. This paper puts forth an intervention that engaged young minority men and their advocates. The intervention used participatory research methods and an approach that acknowl­edged and addressed issues related to identity, culture, and spiritual­ity in the design and the implementation. The planning and inter­vention methodologies, theoretical approaches, and practical activi­ties are explained along with a survey on HIV and general health knowledge. Survey findings, conclusions, and implications for prac­titioners are discussed as they concern the efficacy of this approach for HIVIAIDS prevention with minority populations and for broader public health applications.



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