• Organizational Overview

    THRIVE Support Service’s mission is to achieve health equity for Black gay men through direct support, advocacy and building collective community power. We do this work by implementing innovative solutions to improve support, stigma reduction and linkage to HIV care and resources. Our support model is designed based on the lived experiences of and with input from others in Black same gender loving (SGL) communities. Our three-tiered support approach couples 24-hour online support with (5) in-person support meetings monthly allowing continued assessments and opportunities for linkages to needed services. The final tier of our approach is the creation and maintenance of the support network of Black gay/bi/same gender loving men and individuals of trans experience sharing knowledge and experiences to help others facing anxiety, despair and isolation due to stigma, discrimination homophobia and racism (Judy Support). In 4 years, THRIVE is connected to over 3,500 Black SGL men living with HIV via our networks. The Atlanta network has 940+ SGL men, 250+ Black women living with HIV and thousands more across Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, California and Washington, DC. We currently have the largest network of Black gay/bisexual/same gender loving/and other men who have sex with men living with HIV in the country. In addition to our Undetectables networks, our programs include: The Silver Lining Project – an intervention for Black SGL men living with HIV over the age of 50, Project Griot – a digital storytelling project where 5 black gay men living with HIV, across the highest prevalence areas, tell their stories of triumph, the “iTHRIVE” - self-love and HIV acceptance photoshoot and campaign (over 130 photos) and our R3 - (Re)Engage Retain and Reduce - Linkage to care program which has linked over 600 Black gay/bi/SGL men living with HIV to care in three years. THRIVE SS provided 195 rides to medical and supportive appointments in 2019. In 2018, after survey more than 250 members of our group, 92% of the respondents reported achieving viral suppression. THRIVE is committed to employing innovative methods to deliver quality outcomes to the communities greatest hit by HIV.

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