September 18, 2013
How do you reach black men who do not identify as gay, but engage in sex with men and also have sexual relationships with women? Researchers looking for an answer formed a small-group multisession intervention that lowered risk behaviors among a cohort of 437 black men who have sex with men and women (MSMW), according to the results of a study published in the journal AIDS and reported by the International AIDS Society.
The 437 men recruited for the study were randomized into an either Men of African American Legacy Empowering Self (MAALES), a multisession, small-group intervention, or into the control group, a single one-on-one HIV risk-reduction session. More than half of the participants in the study reported a monthly income less than $1,000, and about half were HIV positive at the beginning of the study.
The MAALES intervention nearly halved the number of condomless sex acts with all women and female partners, and though MAALES did reduce the number of male intercourse partners, it did not do so any more significantly than the control intervention.
Mathew Rodriguez is the editorial project manager for TheBody.com and TheBodyPRO.com.
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