An Innovative Adaptation of an HIV Status-Neutral, Community-Informed, Socioemotional Asset-Building Intervention With the House Ball Community

Health Promot Pract. 2023 May;24(3):398-400. doi: 10.1177/15248399221140794. Epub 2022 Dec 16.


Black men who have sex with men (MSM) have the highest incidence of new HIV diagnoses compared to other populations and face multiple stigmas. Some have found refuge in the House Ball Community (HBC)-a national network of Black lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) kinship commitments (families) that affirm gender expression(s) and sexualities and provide skills-building for its members. Internal and external socioemotional assets influence the health of young Black sexual and gender minorities; building these assets in the HBC is critical to facilitating engagement in health-promoting behaviors. To address this critical gap in HIV prevention, we describe an adaptation of 3MV, a best-evidence, group-level retreat-based risk reduction intervention developed for HIV-negative Black MSM. Clinicians, researchers, HBC members/leaders, and community experts collaborated to adapt 3MV for the HBC. Our Family, Our Voices (OFOV) is an HIV status-neutral, risk-reduction intervention that focuses on asset-building for young, gender-diverse Black HBC members, with the HBC family unit as the focus of the intervention. We describe the collaborative adaptation process and the development of HBC-relevant intervention topics. This novel adaptation and collaborative community model provides a framework for researchers and clinicians to follow when adapting evidence-based interventions for priority populations.

Keywords: HIV prevention; House Ball Community; LGBT youth of color; community-informed interventions; socioemotional assets.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Black or African American
  • Female
  • HIV Infections* / psychology
  • Homosexuality, Male / psychology
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Sexual Behavior
  • Sexual and Gender Minorities*