Cuenta conmigo: young people, homosexuals and bisexuals and their families for an HIV/AIDS prevention and a sexual health betterment

Published: August 1, 2008

Cuenta conmigo: young people, homosexuals and bisexuals and their families for an HIV/AIDS prevention and a sexual health betterment

Background: Stigma and family and society discrimination against homosexual and bisexual youths, affect them in their self-esteem, and as they look for affection, they are willing to engage in risk practices that propitiate HIV/AIDS transmission. Main objective: To expand decision making attitudes among homosexual (gays and lesbians) and bisexual youths, for the promotion of self care and sexual health betterment.

Methodology: We have designed and applied an attention model among growth groups, a model based on gender perspective and a humanist existential theory, which includes specialized information, sensitizing, personal experience, psycho-corporal group dynamics, and personal reflection. We integrate two groups; one for young people and the other one for their families (parents, brothers and sisters, and so forth). Groups are coordinated by a psychologists on the basis of three hours weekly sessions. A follow up process and an evaluation program are also made.

Results:
– In nine years of practice, we have attended 2,682 persons: 2,041 of them gays, lesbians and bisexuals and 641 youth’s relatives.
– Design and documentation of the attention model, specialized in our target groups.
– Two operations handbooks for both growth groups.
– In 2007 we attended 204 persons: 125 young people and 79 youth’s relatives; integrated in four groups.
The following statistics were obtained:
86% of them reviewed their feelings, thoughts, and emotions in relation to sexual orientation and HIV/AIDS.
96% of young people were working with their internalized homophobia and social stereotypes.
86% of young people identified risk sexual practices, and took decisions on preventing HIV/AIDS transmission.
75% of youth’s parent’s communication with their sons and daughters was improved, and stigma toward homosexual community was reduced.

Conclusions: The program has shown positive results on HIV/AIDS prevention and GLBT and relatives sexual health improvement.

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