Conceptualizing and developing behavioral HIV prevention interventions for black gay men

Lourdes Dolores Follins*, Jagadisa Devasri Dacus

*Corresponding author for this work

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In the United States, Black gay men continue to be disproportionately affected by HIV and their HIV incidence rates rival those of developing countries. Yet there are only two federally approved HIV prevention interventions that specifically target Black gay men. As a way of filling the gap, HIV/AIDS social workers can modify existing or develop “homegrown” behavioral HIV prevention interventions to assist their clients. This conceptual article outlines the authors’ eight-step process of developing a theory-based, gender- and culturally-appropriate behavioral intervention for Black gay men. This model can help social workers and agencies fill the need for “homegrown” HIV prevention interventions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)75-88
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of HIV/AIDS and Social Services
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2 2017


  • blacks
  • curricula development
  • gay men
  • HIV
  • intervention
  • prevention

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)


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