Promoting the Health of Men who Have Sex with Men Worldwide: A Training Curriculum for Providers

Source
Global Forum on MSM & HIV (MSMGF), The Johns Hopkins University
Date of Publication
2014

This tool aims to arm local community groups serving gay men and other men who have sex with men (MSM) with the ability to independently implement training programs to build cultural and clinical competency among healthcare providers serving their communities.

The curriculum leverages the strengths of several current training tools and also draws from the most up-to-date and emerging research and clinical guidance on MSM health. With a strong focus on sex positivity, the curriculum shifts away from the disease model, and instead centers on a sexual health and harm reduction framework. Organized across nine distinct modules, the curriculum is designed for easy use by trainers to impact healthcare providers’ level of knowledge, attitude and skill on a range of clinically relevant topics.

The curriculum is divided into the following nine modules:

1.    Understanding Gay Men and Other MSM
2.    Sexuality and Health
3.    Barriers to Health
4.    Creating a Friendlier Environment
5.    Promoting Mental Health
6.    Taking a Sexual History
7.    Supporting Gay Men and other MSM Who Use Drugs and Alcohol
8.    Interventions for HIV and STI Prevention
9.    Clinical Care for HIV and other STIs