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AllyQuest AllyQuest is an interactive mobile phone intervention for HIV+ YMSM that utilizes social networking, game- based mechanics and a story-based framework to guide behavior change. Grounded in Social Cognitive Theory, narrative communication and the principles of persuasive technology, the intervention is designed to capitalize on social involvement and target the identified barriers to care among newly diagnosed youth, namely low HIV literacy, lack of support, and internalized stigma.
Eligibility Criteria: 16-24 HIV positive men and transwomen who have sex with men.
Project Manager: Kelly Knudtson, MPH
Pending
Enlaces Enlaces por la salud is a 5-year HRSA funded statewide initiative to increase the number of Mexican men and Mexican transgender women living with HIV in North Carolina who are engaged in consistent medical care. Bilingual Personal Health Navigators (PHNs) work one-on-one with clients over the course of 6 months to connect individuals to medical care and support services and provide education to increase one’s knowledge of HIV and the medical system and promote health self-management. Topics covered in sessions include: HIV diagnosis concerns, preparing for appointments, communicating with medical providers, social support, relationships and community, disclosure, healthy living, and transitioning to long-term case management.

Eligibility Criteria: 18 years or older Mexican or Mexican-American men or transwomen who are HIV positive. Participants must also be newly diagnosed and received results within the past six months or are previously diagnosed over six months ago and have had four or les HIV medical provider visits in the past two years OR there has been a 6 month gap between HIV medical provider visits.

Project Managers: Joaquin Carcaño, Kelly Knudtson, MPH

Pending
healthMpowerment HealthMpowerment.org (HMP) is an internet HIV/STI intervention for young HIV infected and uninfected black men who have sex with men. Information on HMP covers a range of health and lifestyle topics to support users’ diverse backgrounds and varying need over time. Health and HIV/STI information is provided through multiple site features including: Quizzes, behavioral risk assessments, an “Ask a Doctor” feature, a choose-your-own adventure game and a library of brief educational articles and videos. Participants can explore areas of interest and then use the forums, Ask Dr. W, and Getting Real, which is an artistic space for users to share creative work, for additional information and feedback from other users.
Eligibility Criteria: 18-30 year old Black men and transwomen who have sex with men who engage in risky sexual behavior and have access to a mobile device.

Project Managers: Karina Soni, Helene Kirschke-Schwartz

Pending
Bijou Bijou is a six-week self-management program with interactive web and module-friendly modules for HIV-positive YMSM supported by a weekly online support group. The intervention is designed to help YMSM achieve and maintain virologic suppression, improve self-efficacy for care and provider communication, and remain engaged in care. Program participants will include HIV-positive YMSM between the ages of 16-24.

Eligibility Criteria: Men who have sex with men between the ages of 16 and 24 years old. They must be enrolled in part D services

Project Managers: Helene Kirschke-Schwartz

Pending
Tough Talks Tough Talks is a virtually-reality based intervention intended to help young, HIV positive males disclose their status to their sexual partners. Participants use the Tough Talks program and talk to an AI of their choosing and practice disclosure conversations. Currently, the program is text only, but future iterations will include natural language processing and voice processing.

Eligibility Criteria: 18 – 30 HIV-positive men and transwomen who have sex with men

Project Manager: Kelly Knudtson, MPH

Pending