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CARAS

A wellness Program for Gay and Bisexual Latino Men

 

Is an HIV  prevention program adapted from “Many Men, Many Voices” (3MV). CARAS  is a 6-session, group-level intervention program to prevent HIV and sexually transmitted diseases among Latino  men who have sex with men (MSM) who may or may not identify themselves as gay. The intervention addresses factors that influence the behavior of Latino gay and bisexual men: cultural, social, and religious norms; interactions between HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases; sexual relationship dynamics; and the social influences that racism and homophobia have on HIV risk behaviors. In addition to the six sessions, includes a weekly support group and socio-cultural and sport activities.

 

For additional information please contact Victor Martinez, Director of Programs & Public Affairs (323) 727-7896 ext 114 or at vmartinez@bienestar.org

 

 

Herman@s De Luna y Sol

 

Latino gay/bisexual men in the U.S. have been highly and disproportionately affected by the AIDS epidemic. The program "Hermanos de Luna y Sol" (HLS) was designed as a culturally-appropriate HIV risk-reduction intervention that targets immigrant, Spanish-speaking gay/bisexual men.

 

The aims of the program are the following:

 

1) Provide experiences of social support, social belonging, and enhanced self-esteem in the context of a Latino gay identity and community

2) Promote critical awareness of social and cultural forces that impact and shape participant's social and sexual lives

3) Increase participant's sexual self-knowledge, with particular emphasis on sexual contexts and situations of personal vulnerability that limit participants' ability to practice safer sex

4) Facilitate community involvement and activism to support a sense of increased personal agency and self-efficacy (instead of fatalism and victimization) in response to oppressive social forces in participants' lives

 

For additional information please contact Victor Martinez, Director of Prevention Programs at (323) 727-7896 ext. 108 or at vmartinez@bienestar.org

Funded by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA), the State of California, Department of Health Services, Office of AIDS and the County of Los Angeles, Department of Health Services, Office of AIDS Programs and Policy (OAPP).