MS Gulf Coast Project

Project M.I.A (Men in Action)

Project M.I.A targets high risk negative African American men who have sex with men (MSM), ages 13-29 and their partners in the Mississippi Gulf Coast Region, including Harrison, Hancock, Jackson, George, Pearl River, and Stone counties.  Project M.I.A aims to educate participants on the reduction of risky sexual behaviors, prevention of HIV and STDs and to improve the overall health status of  African American MSM through the Many Men, Many Voices (3MV) intervention. Many Men, Many Voices is a seven- session small group intervention for HIV/STD prevention among Black Gay Men. The intervention is designed to influence behavior change in relation to HIV/STD prevention.  The sessions strategically address specific influencing factors in a purposeful sequence.

Session topics include:

  • Dual Identity
  • HIV Prevention
  • HIV Risk Assessment and Prevention
  • Intentions of Act and Capacity Change
  • Partner Selection
  • Communication and Negotiation
  • Social Support and Problem Solving to maintain change
  • Building a Healthy Community

The project is funded by Mississippi State Department of Health under announcement PS12-1201.

Project Staff

Project Coordinator:
Joseph Lindsey, MS