Assessing the Acceptability and Feasability of Biomedical HIV Prevention Methods among African American Young Men Who Have Sex with Men."
HIV rates among African American young men who have sex with men (AAYMSM) continue to rise - perhaps indicating the traditional HIV prevention programs are not effectively reaching this vulnerable population. New biomedical interventions (e.g., PrEP, microbicides) may hold promise in terms of curbing the epidemic - but how AAYMSM would use these interventions is largely unknown. This proposed study will begin to address these gaps by exploring the feasibility and acceptability of biomedical HIV interventions as well as the feasibility of integrating these interventions within behavioral interventions. Thus, the specific aims are to: 1) Assess the feasibility, acceptability (e.g. intent to use), and perceived barriers to adherence to biomedical interventions among AAYMSM; 2) Evaluate the knowledge, perceptions, and acceptability of biomedical HIV interventions among HIV service providers in Los Angeles County; and 3) use these data to further adapt YM-AIM (a group-level behavioral intervention adapted for AAYMSM) to also include some combination of biomedical HIV interventions.

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