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Project PRIDE (Promoting Resilience in Discriminatory Environments)

Project PRIDE is a sex-positive group intervention for young gay and bisexual men who are HIV-negative or serostatus unsure. The intervention focuses on helping participants successfully cope with anti-gay/bisexual discrimination and develop positive gay/bisexual identities. The primary goals of Project PRIDE are to decrease HIV risk behaviors and to increase psychological well-being.

This project is a collaboration between Nathan Grant Smith (University of Houston), Trevor A. Hart (Ryerson University and University of Toronto), Ezemenari M. Obasi, and Weihua Fan. Initial results suggested that Project PRIDE is a feasible intervention with the potential to impact number of sex partners, substance use, 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.