XOut With Love

The Deep South has the highest rate of HIV/AIDS cases in the United States with one-half of all people living with HIV in the U.S. living in the South. New infections are disproportionately among black men who have sex with men. According to the CDC more than 60% of black men diagnosed with HIV in 2014 reside in the south.

XOut hopes to stop the spread of HIV/AIDS in urban communities in the Deep South by studying the spread of the disease and perceptions around homosexuality and HIV/AIDS in communities that have historically been disinclined to engage in discussion around these two issues. To learn more about the XOUT study and hear from someone who’s gone through it, check out the testimonial below.

My Brother’s Keeper

My Brother’s Keeper is an experienced community-based organization (CBO) working to eliminate health disparities among underserved, uninsured/underinsured and, other vulnerable populations through health education, health promotion, policy and environmental systems changes, and other health equity approaches.

MBK’s efforts include a wealth of health issues, including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, hypertension, obesity, HIV/AIDS, and cancer, which has systematically transformed MBK from a grassroots organization into a community-based leader that strives to change the health status of Americans one community at a time. For more information visit mbkinc.org.

The Center for Research, Evaluation and Environmental & Policy Change

The Center for Research, Evaluation and Environmental & Policy Change (CREEP) works to improve the quality of life and increase life expectancy of Mississippians. CREEP was created to achieve health equity among underserved population through research, evaluation and environmental and policy systems change initiatives that lead to new scientific knowledge, expand the existing evidence base for disparities in health, provide information on program effectiveness and evaluate data-driven systems change and intervention strategies.


Jackson, MS Neighborhoods Study

To qualify: Self-report as African American or Black race; report having had sex with another male (MSM) in the past 6 months preceding the baseline assessment; being 18 to 25 years old; and reside in the Jackson, MS MSA.

MARI Neighborhoods and Networks Cohort Study

To qualify: Self-report as African American; report having had sex with another male in the past 6 months; being 18 years or older; no restrictions to usual physical activity; reside in the Jackson, MS MSA; no plans to move outside of Jackson MS MSA in the next year; and willingness to complete a two-week GPS protocol at five time-points over a year.

Deep South Remedy Study

To qualify: We will identify, enroll, and assess 225 African American MSM aged 18 years and older from the cities of Atlanta, GA, Jackson, MS, and New Orleans, LA MSAs (225 per site; 75 HIV-infected and 150 HIV-uninfected). Eligibility further requires a confirmed HIV serostatus and a self-report of male assigned male at birth, or cis-males, and oral or anal sex with another man within the past 12 months.