Black bisexual, gay, and men who sex with men (BGM) are less likely than their white counterparts to access and use biomedical interventions, such as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) to reduce their lifetime risk of acquiring HIV. Organizations serving this population often describe BGM as a “hard to reach high risk population”.
In this session, participants will learn innovative approaches to engaging MSM across in HIV prevention, treatment, and support services through the recruitment, hiring, and training of appropriate team members; using data to drive HIV prevention practices; and engaging and retaining trained members of the client population in prevention, education, testing, treatment and social support services. We will also highlight how to create a network and base of engagement in areas where YMSM live, are educated and employed at a higher rate.
Participants in this training will learn how the lived experiences and social determinants of Black men who have sex with men across can inform how they appraoch and are impacted by peer navigation. Speakers will discuss training elements essential to successful peer navigation training: HIV 101, HIV testing, social determinants of health, motivational interviewing, drug resistance and adherence to HIV treatment, entry into and retention in care, stigma, and implicit bias. Themes of holistic health, and their relationship to social network support and peer navigation, will be outlined.