The purpose of STYLE 2.0 (Strength Through Youth Livin’ Empowered) is to improve HIV care continuum outcomes among HIV-positive young Black men who have sex with men (YBMSM) in the Triangle region (Durham County, Orange County, Wake County) of North Carolina (NC) and the Columbia Region of South Carolina (SC). The project will adapt and enhance the original STYLE intervention to create STYLE 2.0. The project will include an innovative combination of in-person and online intervention components that together, address barriers to engagement in the HIV care continuum among YBMSM. Because substance abuse and mental health issues represent critical barriers for YBMSM, behavioral health services will be a key component of STYLE 2.0. The project will deliver the 12-month intervention to HIV-positive YBMSM and will include services such as outreach, health care navigation, access to infectious disease physicians and other clinic staff who provide culturally competent HIV care for YBMSM, access to an online intervention developed for YBMSM, motivational interviewing, and behavioral health referrals. A local outcome evaluation will be conducted to determine if the intervention is effective in increasing the proportion of participants who are linked to care, who are in regular care, who are virally suppressed, and who receive behavioral health services. An intervention replication package that can be utilized by others who provide services to YBMSM will be created.
Principal Investigator: Sara LeGrand
CHPIR Staff: Heather Parnell (Research Manager), Brian Goings-Reid (Health Care Navigator), Taj Morgan (Health Care Navigator), Elizabeth Trefney (Project Coordinator)
Partners: ACE Africa - Kenya, Meahto Phum Ko'mah (Homeland), Stand for Vulnerable Organization, Sahara Centre for Residential Care and Rehabilitation, Tanzania Women Research Foundation, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill