d-up: Defend Yourself!
is a community-level intervention designed for and developed by Black men who have sex with men (MSM). d-up!
is designed to promote social norms of condom use and assist Black MSM to recognize and handle risk related racial and sexual bias.
intervention mantra is: Brothers Keeping Brothers Safe
. Brothers Keeping Brothers Safe
refers to black MSM influencing one another to practice safer sex and stop transmission. When the social norm is shifted in a social network of black MSM the behavior of every individual in the network is impacted. Brothers Keeping Brothers Safe
indicates that brothers are the most effective and far-reaching agents of behavior change for themselves that exists in the world.
NOTE: d-up! is adapted to Black MSM. Agencies interested in targeting other populations should adapt POL or adapt/implement other appropriate DEBIs instead.