To best provide prevention and treatment services, the Atlanta Harm Reduction Coalition, Inc (AHRC) and Odyssey Family Counseling Center (OFCC) are entering into a collaborative partnership. The purpose of this effort is to is to implement comprehensive Substance Abuse (SA) and HIV prevention programs to reduce morbidity, mortality, and related health disparities, among African American Men who have sex with Men (MSM) ages 18-29 at high risk for acquiring HIV specifically with emphasis on reducing SA, new HIV infection, increasing access to SA and HIV medical care, and promoting health Equity.
The goals of the project are to prevent SA and HIV/AIDS among at-risk African American MSM (18-29), and to ensure that African American MSM (18-29) living with HIV/AIDS or VH receive needed services. Toward these ends, the six main objectives of our project are as follows:
1. Increase risk assessment and development of an individualized risk-reduction plan that will assist in the decision process of getting tested for HIV, as well as preparation for delivery and interpretation of test results to at least 500 young African American MSM (18-29) including those who are homeless within the Atlanta area. Testing will be integrated into the EBP curricula, mobile outreach services, and drop-in center services; and provided onsite at various locations.
2. Increase knowledge and prevention skills in at-risk young African American MSM (18-29) by providing evidence-based HIV and SA interventions to at least 100 unduplicated at-risk young African American MSM per annum. This will be conducted in locations throughout the MSA, including AHRC Drop in- Center, CHRIS 180 Club House, and other community based organizations.
3. Increase awareness of HIV infection and SA through strategic media campaigns to reach at least 2500 unduplicated at-risk African American MSM (18-29) per annum. This will utilize comprehensive peer driven social media and advertisement strategies.
4. Increase HIV and SA education and safety skills by conducting educational outreach and condom distribution to at least 1000 unduplicated at-risk African American MSM per annum.
5. Increase access of HIV/AIDS treatment, HCV treatment, and SA treatment for 150 (2% HIV, 10% SA, 3% VH) unduplicated at-risk young African American MSM (18-29) identified through testing, outreach, and CHRIS 180 Club House by providing linkage connections to appropriate medical, supportive, and essential services treatment programs.
6. Increase SA treatment by providing medication assistance and counseling to at least 15 SA African American MSM (18-29).
Our target population is African MSM (18-29) who have traditionally been the most disconnected from services and the hardest to reach, including those who are impoverished, homeless, and substance using. By fully integrating our services, our program will reach and assist populations that have fallen through the cracks of traditional fragmented service delivery systems, thereby increasing system capacity to effectively prevent SA and HIV/AIDS, and provide better access to care.