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The ACCELERATE! Initiative was developed to address the critical needs of Black MSM starting with Baltimore, Maryland, and Jackson, Mississippi.
Aligned with the National HIV/AIDS Strategy for the United States, ACCELERATE! is ViiV Healthcare’s four-year, $10 million commitment to support innovative projects that focus on improving HIV outcomes for Black gay men in two cities hardest hit by HIV — Baltimore, Maryland, and Jackson, Mississippi.
At ViiV Healthcare, we develop and support sustainable community programs — with and for the HIV community — focused on education, treatment and prevention and access to care. Guided by this commitment and the persistent, disproportionate impact of HIV on Black Americans, especially gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men (MSM), we launched the ACCELERATE! Initiative on National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD) in 2015.
ACCELERATE! is guided by three key strategies to increase access to and retention in high-quality HIV prevention, care
- Listen to men’s experiences and prioritize their perspectives to drive impact.
- Activate key community and research insights through collaborations and funding for new efforts that inspire and support men to seek and maintain quality healthcare.
- Amplify those insights and ongoing lessons from ACCELERATE! to inform current paradigms and practices and improve the delivery of HIV prevention, care
Our Ethnographic Research: Meet Me Where I Want to Be
To kick off the Initiative, ViiV Healthcare commissioned an ethnographic research study beginning with a comprehensive
The research team interviewed 30 men, both HIV-negative and HIV-positive, in addition to their friends, family members
The research took a holistic view of men’s lives exploring characteristics of the HIV epidemic among Black gay and bisexual men in Baltimore and Jackson. Coupled with insights from the local communities, this research identified opportunities to put this research into action:
- Boost empowerment and strengthen networks to break down isolation and stigma; connect men to networks of support; and expand
deliveryof HIV prevention, treatment andcare.
- Make sexual education relevant with enhanced content for adults that reflects today’s context and can be delivered in person and online.
- Make testing a bridge to prevention, care
andtreatment by piloting a revised protocol for men who test negative for HIV to better link them to healthcare, post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) and pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and other community support services and networks.
- Strengthen navigation services that help guide men through complex systems and make it easier to enter and get back into care.
ACCELERATE! Community Collaboration Grant
ViiV Healthcare is committed to continuing ACCELERATE! support in Jackson and Baltimore, and is excited to offer Round 2 of the Community Collaboration Grant, initially announced in 2018.
The 2019 Community Collaboration Grant will award up to $25,000 per eligible organization and will be accepting applications through the end of June 2019. Funding will be available to support the development and provision of sustainable and coordinated efforts focused on a systemic approach to reducing HIV stigma and ensuring access to essential wrap-around services for Black gay men in Jackson and Baltimore.
Those interested in applying for a Community Collaboration Grant should access the application in our Online Grantee Portal. Proposals will be accepted on a rolling basis with a final deadline of June 28, 2019.
All questions and inquiries about ACCELERATE! should be directed to Kali Lindsey at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Explore more resources related to the ACCELERATE! Initiative here.
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2. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Diagnoses of HIV Infection in the United States and Dependent Areas, 2014. HIV Surveillance Report, 2015; Vol. 26, Table 26. Published 2015. Accessed 2016.
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5. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Diagnoses of HIV Infection Among Adults and Adolescents in Metropolitan Statistical Areas – United States and Puerto Rico, 2014. HIV Surveillance Supplemental Report; Vol. 21(1), Table 10. Published 2016. Accessed 2016.
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