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Abstract

Young African American men face particular risks and challenges related to HIV/AIDS. Properly engaged, they also provide an important resource for improving public health indicators within the African-American community. This paper puts forth an intervention that engaged young minority men and their advocates. The intervention used participatory research methods and an approach that acknowledged and addressed issues related to identity, culture, and spirituality in the design and the implementation. The planning and intervention methodologies, theoretical approaches, and practical activities are explained along with a survey on HIV and general health knowledge. Survey findings, conclusions, and implications for practitioners are discussed as they concern the efficacy of this approach for HIV/AIDS prevention with minority populations and for broader public health applications.

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