MSDH collaborates with Community Based Organizations (CBOs) to conduct behavioral interventions. The intervention activities are Many Men, Many Voices (3MV), Choosing Life: Empowerment! Action! Results! (CLEAR), and Anti-Retroviral Treatment and Access to Services (ARTAS).
Many Men, Many Voices (3MV) is a 7-session group level intervention program to prevent HIV and sexually transmitted diseases among black men who have sex with men (MSM). This intervention aims to promote positive self-image, educate participants about STD/HIV risks, and teach risk reduction and partner communication skills. This intervention is provided by Jackson Medical Mall's CARE4ME Services program, Southern Health Commission, My Brother's Keeper South and AIDS Services Coalition.
Choosing Life: Empowerment! Action! Results! (CLEAR) is a one-on-one intervention for males and females ages 16 and older living with HIV/AIDS and high risk HIV-negative individuals. The intervention provides clients with skills to develop personal life goals to make healthy life choices and the opportunity for clients to learn, practice and initiate cognitive behavior to promote long-term behavioral changes. AIDS Services Coalition and Grace House provide CLEAR.
Anti-Retroviral Treatment and Access to Services (ARTAS) is an individual-level, multi-session, time-limited intervention to link individuals who have been recently diagnosed with HIV to medical care. It encourages the client to identify personal strengths, create goals and link to medical care and community resources. This intervention is provided by Southern Health Commission.
Mpowerment is a community-level intervention for young gay and bisexual men of diverse backgrounds. It mobilizes men to reduce sexual risk taking, encourages regular HIV testing, builds positive social connections and supports peers to have safer sex. This intervention is being implemented by the Jackson Medical Mall's CARE4ME Services program.
Video Opportunities for Innovative Condom Education and Safer Sex (VOICES/VOCES) is a group-level, single-session video-based intervention designed to increase condom use among men who have sex with men. This intervention is provided by the Jackson Medical Mall's CARE4ME Services program, Southern Health Commission, and AIDS Services Coalition.
Condoms are distributed in every Public Health District. STD/HIV Office has increased the number of condoms to be disseminated as a structural intervention with a focal concentration in areas of high HIV morbidity. Condoms are distributed through MSDH County Health Departments and statewide Community Partners. Anyone may obtain condoms by visiting their local health department. You may also acquire free condoms by downloading the Your PSH app on your mobile and electronic devices and click Free Condoms to receive condoms through the mail order program.