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Frequently Asked Questions

What is Be-PrEPared?

 

Be-PrEPared uses a wide-range approach to integrate health education components related to HIV/AIDS prevention into a comprehensive women’s health intervention. Be-PrEPared addresses health disparities and health behaviors that place women of color at an increased risk for HIV transmission and other health issues.

 

Does Be-PrEPared include information about PrEP?

 

Yes! Be-PrEPared utilizes a multi-strategy approach to raise knowledge and awareness about PrEP among cis and trans women of color. PrEP stands for pre-exposure prophylaxis and if taken properly, can reduce the risk of contracting HIV by more than 90%. PrEP is recommended for those at an increased risk for contracting HIV. Unfortunately, the use of PrEP as an efficacious prevention option has been slow for women of color. Research has shown that due to lower risk perception for contracting HIV and a general lack of knowledge and awareness about PrEP, women of color are less likely to use PrEP as a form of prevention. Be-PrEPared aims to increase both knowledge and awareness about PrEP, along with HIV/AIDS risk perceptions, by integrating HIV prevention into conversations about women’s health.

 

Who does Be-PrEPared target?

 

Be-PrEPared addressees overall health and well-being, HIV prevention, and the use of PrEP as an effective HIV prevention strategy for cisgender and transgender women of color.  Although we make the distinction between gender expressions here, the project focuses on behaviors that place ALL women of color at risk for HIV/AIDS. Therefore, the primary target population for Be-PrEPared is individuals of color that express their gender as female.

 

What about outreach and service providers?

 

The secondary target population for Be-PrEPared includes those that provide health education, health promotion, medical and outreach services to the primary target population.

 

What topics does Be-PrEPared cover?

 

In addition to sharing information about HIV/AIDS and PrEP, Be-PrEPared addresses factors associated with an increased risk for HIV/AIDS and other health disparities including:

 

  • Identity and intersectionality for women of color
  • Perceived risk for HIV/AIDS
  • Sexual and reproductive health issues
  • Mental health issues
  • Drug use and substance abuse
  • Victimization
  • Financial management
  • Biomedical prevention strategies
  • Health behaviors
  • Strategies for improving health
  • Cultural humility
  • Access to care

 

How does Be-PrEPared address such complex issues?

 

Be-PrEPared uses several theoretical frameworks and best-practices adopted from various disciplines to inform the educational curriculum, online resource toolkit and supplemental materials. Be-PrEPared follows four Guiding Principles to guide the project and to focus on HIV/AIDS as a health outcome caused by various inequities. Since HIV/AIDS and other negative health outcomes experienced by women of color are influenced by the same inequities, Be-PrEPared builds capacity to increase discourse about HIV/AIDS. In turn, increased discourse also reduces HIV-related stigma still faced by so many women of color.

 

There are so many health determinants that impact women of color. What are the project outcomes?

 

Be-PrEPared aims to integrate health education components related to HIV prevention into a comprehensive women’s health intervention by addressing health disparities and health behaviors that place women of color at an increased risk for HIV transmission and other health issues. The curriculum and all related supplemental information were informed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Strategies for High-Impact Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS).

 

Be-PrEPared outcomes include:

  1. Develop and implement a health education intervention to increase discourse surrounding health determinants for women of color
  2. Implement health education strategies such as digital storytelling, podcast interviews and a web-based resource toolkit, to support accurate HIV/AIDS risk perceptions among women of color
  3. Increase knowledge and awareness about the use of PrEP as an effective method to prevent HIV transmission among women of color
  4. Promote self-efficacy for engaging in comprehensive preventive sexual health practices (i.e., negotiating condom use, discussing sexual history with a potential sexual partner) to reduce HIV transmission among women of color
  5. Identify and disseminate resources and tools to support the use of innovate HIV prevention health education strategies

 

What health education strategies are used to implement Be-PrEPared?

 

Be-PrEPared was created to promote HIV/AIDS prevention as a comprehensive women's health issue . The online resource toolkit provides information about HIV/AIDS, PrEP and other health determinants that lead to health disparities.  The toolkit also provides information on best practices and health resources for women of color.

 

Various Be-PrEPared health education components can be tailored to fit your outreach needs. Based on the components that work best for you, Be-PrEPared can be implemented  as (1) an individual or one-on-one setting;  (2) a group setting; or (3) an interactive, online eCurriculum platform. Information can also be used to enhance health promotion strategies such as social media campaigns, advocacy efforts, partnership development, outreach training and print materials.

 

For the secondary target population, the online eCurriculum platform provides information about PrEP, and implementing PrEP with women of color. If you are interested in implementing Be-PrEPared or completing  the online eCurriclum, you can email Dr. Kimberly A. Parker at kparker@be-prepared.org

 

I would like to use some of the strategies as a part of my outreach activities. Can I use some of the Be-PrEPared strategies if I don't work in the field of HIV/AIDS?

 

Yes, anyone with an interest in learning more about health issues facing women of color, HIV/AIDS, and PrEP can use Be-PrEPared  All items were created and designed to be used by anyone that wants more information about health issues and the skills needed to reduce health disparities.

 

Can you provide more information about the Be-PrEPared facilitator's training?

 

We are conducting trainings for those interested in using or incorporating Be-PrEPared into their outreach activities. Continuing education credits may be available for those who complete the training. Training courses are currently being scheduled for those in Texas and will be extended to others. Please contact us at kparker@be-prepared.org for more information.

 

How much does it cost to implement Be-PrEPared?

 

Based on your outreach activities, the cost to implement Be-PrEPared can be minimal and in some instances free!

 

Be-PrEPared was created to reduce monetary and time resources needed to integrate HIV/AIDS prevention information into new or existing outreach activities. Health education materials include the facilitator’s guide,  the interactive online  eCurriculum platform, supplemental instructional materials (i.e. PowerPoint presentations, handouts, learning activities, fact sheets) and online resource toolkit.

 

What other strategies are implemented in Be-PrEPared?

 

The website provides information for anyone seeking more information on women’s health issues. The Learning Center and Resource Center serves as the online resource toolkit. There, you will find information such as recent news articles and stories, health promotion reports and fact sheets, effective ways to implement and evaluate health education strategies, and links to partnering agencies highlighted in “Partner Spotlight.”  The Be-PrEPared podcast  series and Stories in Sisterhood, a digital storytelling project highlighting pertinent health issues, HIV/AIDS prevention and PrEP, can be used for entertainment and educational purposes.

 

You mentioned Be-PrEPared is a pilot project. Can you share more information?

 

We are collecting outcome data from those who participate in outreach activities informed by  Be-PrEPared. Members of the primary target population (women of color over the age of 18) that participate in outreach activities or complete the eCurriculum learning modules, and submit the online evaluation, can receive a $20 gift card.  Members of the secondary target population (those that provide health education, health promotion, and outreach services to the primary target population) that complete the eCurriculum may also receive a $20 gift card as well. Once we receive enough pilot outcome data, we will disseminate the project on a much larger scale.

 

You are eligible to participate in the Pilot Project if you meet ALL of the following items:

  • Express your gender as “woman” or “female”  (includes cis and trans women)
  • Identify as a woman of color
  • Reside in the State of Texas
  • Have a desire to increase your knowledge and awareness about PrEP, or pre-exposure prophylaxis, as a biomedical prevention strategy

 

You are also eligible to participate in the Pilot Project if you meet ALL of the following items:

  • Conduct health education, health promotion or medical outreach services for those who express themselves as women of color and reside in Texas
  • Conduct these outreach activities in Texas
  • Have a desire to increase your knowledge and awareness about PrEP, or pre-exposure prophylaxis, as a biomedical prevention strategy

 

The goal of The Pilot Project is to increase knowledge and awareness about HIV/AIDS and PrEP utilizing a comprehensive women’s health approach. Therefore, we strongly encourage those who do not work within the field of HIV/AIDS but meet the secondary target eligibility criteria to participate in The Pilot Project.

 

Although anyone can use the information found on our website to meet their health education needs, priority for completing The Pilot Project will be given to those within the state of Texas. Learn more about the Pilot Project here.

 

What if I don’t live in Texas?

 

If you do not reside in Texas, but would like to be involved about the training, please complete the Request Information form or send an email to Dr. Kimberly A. Parker at kparker@be-prepared.org.

 

How do I receive more information about Be-PrEPared?

 

For more information, you can simply complete the Request Information form, or email Dr. Kimberly A. Parker, the Principle Investigator, at kparker@be-prepared.org. You can also go here to download information to share about Be-PrEPared with others.

 

Be-PrEPared Increasing Knowledge & Awareness about HIV/AIDS and PrEP utilizing a Comprehensive Women’s Health Approach was funded by Gilead Sciences. Funds are not used to promote or purchase Truvada for PrEP as an HIV biomedical prevention strategy. The Be-PrEPared health education curriculum, Stories in Sisterhood and educational resources were created to raise knowledge and awareness about HIV/AIDS prevention efforts. This includes the use of biomedical prevention strategies such as PrEP, and to increase capacity for addressing health disparities and negative health outcomes among cis and trans women of color.

Contact:

email: kparker@be-prepared.org

phone: (940) 898-2899