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“Obviously, prevention is doing something
to bold the line,” Wilhelmy states, "but even so,
if there hasn’t been a drop-off in the number of
new infections, then that means there needs to
be a shift in how we go about our business."
The key is to determine effective ways to
influence behavior, and CAP is examining out­
side factors that contribute to an individual’s
decision-making process. This includes cultural
values, suhstance abuse and even social patterns.
“It’s now going to be a much more targeted
outreach,” remarks Wilhelmy. “The emphasis is
to address the issues around alcohol and dnigs
and their influence on risk-taking behaviors as
well as prevention work for those who arc HIV­
positive and continue to transmit the disease or
become infected with other STDs or perhaps a
resistant strain.”
For example, CAP will train staff in collabo­
ration with ASAP Treatment Services, which
offers an alcohol and drug treatment program
specifically geared toward the sexual minorities
community. And in addition to bars and sex
cluhs, CAP staff now frequent Internet chat
r<x>ms, where prevention outreach workers
answer questions on topics ranging from what’s
risky behavior to how to get tested. Wilhelmy
says more than one in 10 interventions now
happen online rather than over the phone.
mongCAP’s new prevention strategies are
efforts to connect with two of the hardest-
hit MSM communities of color.
To tap the African American community,
CAP is partnering with Brother to Brother, an
organization that provides support to black gay
and bi men. Under the coordination of Stephen
Herrera, Brother to Brother has assembled an
advisory group of young African American
MSM to develop a long-term outreach program
that will implement culturally responsive pre­
vention interventions.
A similar program, Si Puedes, is already reach­
ing out to MSM in the Latino community.
“One of the things that we want to do with
Si Puedes is to be community-driven,” says
Rafael Arellano-Barrera, an HIV prevention
educator at CAP. “We really want members of
the Latino community to be involved and to be
able to help us develop the different ways to pro­
vide a message."
The program last month established a 10-
memher advisory hoard and now seeks volun­
teers to create a companion core group to imple­
ment activities, such as gay movie nights,
karaoke events and an Internet chat room—all
in Spanish.
Arellano-Barrera notes, “One of the main
Ichallenges) Is to really understand the diversity
that exists within the Latino community.”
Nationality is one variable, but he says outreach
alk to
ark your calendars now for Sept. 20, the
day of Cascade AIDS Project’s 17th annu­
al AIDSWalk.
About 5,000 participants will come togeth­
er from all walks of life in the fight against the
pandemic. All of the money raised provides
services to residents living in Oregon and
southwest Washington.
Registration begins 8:30 a.m. at Pioneer
Courthouse Square. Special entertainment will
be provided by master drummer Obo Addy.
Individual walkers who raise between $100
and $999 will receive a prize package based on
how much money they bring in; gifts include
an AlDSWalk03 T-shirt, bag and sweatshirt as
well as a Nike gift certificate. Those who col­
lect at least $1,000 will get all of these.
Five prizes will be awarded to the walkers
who raise the most money, including stays at
Sunriver; Skamania Lodge in Stevenson,
Wash.; the Columbia Gorge Riverside Inn; and
Hotel Vintage Plaza in downtown Portland.
The first-place winner will be flown to San
Francisco and receive hotel accommodations
for two nights.
The team that collects the most money will
receive a party at Rogue Ale. The top three
youth fund-raisers will be rewarded with Nike
gift certificates.
To register for AIDSW alx 03 call
503-223-WALK or visit www.cascadeakls.org.
workers also must recognize the range of Latino
MSM, from drag queens to mayates—MSM who
don’t identify as gay or bi. Mayates, like African
American men on the “down low,” are so hid­
den in their real lives that they often miss pre­
vention messages.
Wilhelmy and Arellano-Barrera also
observe that although fewer in number,
African Americans often have a local history
and nearby family. Latinos, on the other hand,
might constitute a larger population, but fami­
lies often are still in their native country.
Therefore, they might find it easier to be open­
ly gay, while long-term cultural changes might
he easier to make among families and allies
within the black community.
“One of the most important things is to be
present and develop relationships,” acknowledges
ArellamvBarrera, “and that takes time. ” j n
Sl PUEDES will play host to a movie night 7 pm .
Aug. 28 at the Sexual Minority Youth Resource
Center, 2100 S.E. Belmont St. For more
mformatum call 503-223-5907 or visit
www.cascadeaids. org.
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