Male Programming

HIV/STD Risk Reduction Counseling & Referral Services 

Our experienced staff will meet with you to have a private, confidential conversation. We may discuss:

  • What are HIV/AIDS and STDs
  • The things you might do that may be putting you at risk for HIV/AIDS and STD infections
  • Helping you develop a plan to reduce your chances of becoming infected with HIV/STDs
  • If you already know that you have HIV/AIDS, the counselor will talk to you about how you can protect yourself from the threat of re-infection, drug resistance and transmitting HIV to others


Mpowerment (Services for Gay/Bi-sexual Males)

Project ARK's Mpowerment project (also called M-cubed/M3) is an evolving project dedicated to empowering and mobilizing St. Louis’ young gay/bi-sexual male community. 


Guiding Principles include:
 
  1. Combining HIV/AIDS prevention education/skills building opportunities with fun and engaging social activities to ensure young men attend Mpowerment events, learn about and get tested for HIV/AIDS and STDs.
  2. Young gay/bi-sexual men want to learn from their peers.
  3. It is essential to build a young gay/bisexual men’s community where men support each other in practicing healthy sexual behavior, get tested for HIV/AIDS/STDs, as well as help each other in coping with the stresses of being gay/bisexual.
  4. Young men take ownership of Mpowerment project activities
  5. Young men are most likely to start reducing their risk of becoming infected with HIV/AIDS/STDs (i.e. using condoms, reducing the number of sex partners), and get tested regularly when they see and hear that their peers are reducing their risks and getting tested regularly. 
  6. The Mpowerment project enriches and strengthens young gay/bisexual men’s pride about who they are, and encourages them to explore and celebrate their sexuality by not just focusing on condom use but by including a wide variety of safer sex behaviors.
  7. The Mpowerment project should use a combination of events and activities in order to address thevariety of issues (i.e. self-esteem, homophobia, stigma, substance use) that cause young men to engage in risky sexual behaviors and/or chose not to get tested for HIV/AIDS and STDs.
 
 
We are always creating new ways for young gay/bi-sexual men to come together, meet, socialize, have fun, and learn. 
 
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