Challenges and approaches to mobilizing communities for HIV prevention among young men who have sex with men of color

Alison J. Lin, Julia C. Dudek, Vincent T. Francisco, Marné Castillo, Peter Freeman, Miguel Martinez, Kevin Sniecinski, Kalima Young, Jonathan M. Ellen

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Abstract

Young men who have sex with men (YMSM) of color are disproportionately impacted by HIV/AIDS in the United States. More HIV prevention interventions targeting risk factors of this group are needed, particularly at the structural level. This article focuses on Connect to Protect: Partnerships for Youth Prevention Interventions (C2P), a multisite study employing community mobilization to decrease HIV acquisition and transmission among youth. Seven C2P sites are mobilizing their communities to prevent HIV among YMSM of color. These sites have faced a number of similar challenges. This article uses qualitative data to explore three domains relating to community mobilization at YMSM sitesforming community partnerships, maintaining the coalition, and facilitating structural-level coalition objectives. Challenges and approaches across domains illustrated themes related to stigma and discrimination, mobilization around YMSM of color, coalition participation and funding.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)149-164
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Prevention and Intervention in the Community
Volume40
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2012

Keywords

  • HIV prevention
  • coalitions
  • community mobilization
  • stigma
  • young men who have sex with men of color

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology

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    Lin, A. J., Dudek, J. C., Francisco, V. T., Castillo, M., Freeman, P., Martinez, M., Sniecinski, K., Young, K., & Ellen, J. M. (2012). Challenges and approaches to mobilizing communities for HIV prevention among young men who have sex with men of color. Journal of Prevention and Intervention in the Community, 40(2), 149-164. https://doi.org/10.1080/10852352.2012.660125