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an hiv & sti prevention program by and for black & latino young men who have sex with men (ymsm)

get your life is a seven-session group-based hiv prevention facilitation guide designed for black and latino young men who have sex (ymsm) with men ages 14-19 years old.

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following a pilot program that included three large school districts and over 200 black and latino youth, get your life is an engaging, inclusive, and culturally-responsive hiv/sti prevention program made by and for black and latino young men.

get your life, named by youth participants after 200 black & latino ymsm participated in pilot testing, was designed to inspire conversations about hiv, stis, relationships and identities through a culturally responsive and sex positive lens.

get your life addresses topics specific to black & latino ymsm including cultural and social norms, relationship dynamics, impact of racism and homophobia, and hiv & sti risk.

the seven sessions aim to foster positive self-image, educate participants about their hiv/sti risks, and promote partner communication skills. through the expert-backed guide, the goal is to increase participants’ confidence as well as knowledge about hiv prevention, treatment and prep.

session 1: our identities
session 2: hiv/sti prevention, transmission, and reducing your risk
session 3: sti/hiv risk and prevention options
session 4: intentions to act and behavior change
session 5: communication, dating, partner negotiation, and relationships
session 6: social support and practicing communication skills
session 7: building bridges and community

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