Keep It Up! Launches this Week!
Recruitment for Keep It Up! launches on March 21, 2012, at Center on Halsted.
Keep It Up! (KIU!) is a highly interactive, engaging, and culturally-relevant HIV prevention program tailored for ethnically diverse young men who have sex with men (YMSM; 18-24 years old) who recently tested negative for HIV.
The intervention was developed by Dr. Brian Mustanski in collaboration with Center on Halsted, Howard Brown Health Center, the Center for the Advancement of Distance Education, and the Informatics and Psychometrics Group in the Department of Medical Social Sciences at Northwestern University to fill the void of proven HIV prevention programs for YMSM who are one of the highest risk groups for HIV infection.
The KIU! program presents discussions of community involvement, scenarios on hooking-up online, communication skills in relationships (including negotiating safer sex), instructions for correct condom use, HIV knowledge, and HIV/STI risks. Information is presented in various formats like interactive games, animation, and videos.
The goal of the program is for HIV negative YMSM to “Keep It Up!” and maintain the behaviors that keep them safe and negative. In pilot tests, participants rated the intervention very highly and one participant remarked,
“this is the future of gay sex education!”
Recruitment for KIU! is based at Center on Halsted which offers free and confidential rapid HIV testing every day from 8am-9pm. Rapid testing is a finger stick test that generates results in just 15 minutes. The testing team provides clients with the most up-to-date, medically-accurate information, emotional support and referrals for healthcare and social services. To schedule an appointment, call (773)661-0910. Appointments are preferred, but walk-in clients are welcome if open appointments are still available.
IMPACT Program, Keep It Up! Project Coordinator