Project PRIDE is a sex-positive group program for young gay/bi/queer men who are HIV-negative or do not know their status. It focuses on equipping participants to successfully cope with and build resilience to anti-gay/bisexual discrimination. It was designed by a team of LGBTQ and ally researchers who know that big and small instances of discrimination can be stressful. These instances of discrimination can add to poor mental health and poor coping skills, such as substance abuse and risky sexual behaviors.
The primary goals of Project PRIDE are to:
Decrease HIV risk behaviors
Increase mental well-being
We also empower participants to develop positive gay/bisexual identities and increase pride. We hope you will join us in learning how to deal with the stresses of being gay or bi in today's society.
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Initial results suggested that Project PRIDE is a feasible intervention with the potential to impact substance use, number of sex partners, and mental health outcomes. We are currently conducting a randomized controlled trial to test the efficacy of Project PRIDE.
This project is currently funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse. The pilot testing of Project PRIDE was funded by the Institute of Infection and Immunity of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.