Texas: New Digs Prove Prosperous for South Dallas HIV Agency
May 16, 2012
Abounding Prosperity has already begun HIV testing at its new location on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in Dallas, though it has not yet held a grand opening. People who do not self-identify as gay are more likely to come to the new office for testing and prevention counseling, said Kirk Myers, AP's executive director. The organization is in the first year of a five-year CDC grant to expand HIV testing, especially among black men ages 17-29 who have sex with men (MSM).
The new site is in the middle of the business district and easy to access. "Male sex workers, the previously incarcerated -- all come here," said Myers. The rate of those testing HIV-positive in the AP program is very high, 6.6 percent, and Myers believes many of the infections are not recent. "We're just bringing testing to the area," he said. The AP office across from AIDS Arms' Peabody Clinic is still open, he added.
One of AP's successful new programs is "Let's Talk About Sex," a group targeting young black MSM peer networks to encourage protected sex. "We pay one person to host a party," Myers said. "He invites his friends, and we come in and do an educational party." In "Chat and Chew" meetings, one for men and one for transgender women, groups of 12-15 people meet for a seven-week series and address issues such as spirituality, homophobia, family, and attitudes about HIV.
[PNU editor's note: For more information, visit http://aboundingprosperity.org/.]
05.10.2012; David Taffet
This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.
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