PPOWER 2 Tobacco-Cannabis Intervention for YBMSM

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Funded by the Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program of University of California, PPOWER2 project is designed to develop and test a peer-led, tobacco/nicotine and cannabis intervention tailored to Young Black Men Who Have Sex with Men in Long Beach, California.

SAMHSA PPOWER Project (2015-2019)

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Peer Promotion of Wellness, and Enhanced Linkage to Resources Project (PPOWER) to prevent and reduce substance use and provide community-level interventions, testing and linkage to care to prevent the transmission of HIV/HCV.


Project RESPECT was a multi-site trial comparing the effect of a theory-driven HIV counseling and testing intervention with the CDC standard intervention and a minimalist intervention. The Project RESPECT is now part of the CDC’s effective HIV prevention interventions.


RESPECT-2 compared a single HIV counseling session plus a rapid HIV test to the intervention found effective in Project RESPECT. The CDC now includes RESPECT-2 as part of its effective HIV prevention interventions.

Long Beach HIV Needs Assessment

A project to help identify HIV/AIDS prevention, care, and treatment needs of diverse populations in Long Beach and surrounding communities.


A study of the safety and efficacy of daily oral antiretroviral use for the prevention of HIV infection in heterosexually active young adults in Botswana.

The TIM Project

A project to develop an intervention and to test social-networking-based message delivery to motivate HIV testing among young black men who have sex with men.

Rompe el Silencio - Break the Silence

Rompe el Silencio/Break the Silence was a culturally based intervention to increase HIV/AIDS communication among U.S. Latina families in order to reduce the risk of HIV/STI infection.