Project ACCEPT


Project Adolescents Coping, Connecting, Empowering, and Protecting Together (ACCEPT) was developed for cisgender youth ages 16 to 24 with HIV. Using a peer-facilitated, information- and skills-building framework, the intervention leverages both individual and group sessions to address issues that influence youth engagement in HIV care, including stigma, disclosure, healthy relationships, substance use, and future life planning.



Implementation Resources

Implementation Guide

Guía de Implementacion

Tips for Implementing the  Intervention

Intervention Outcomes

  • The intervention group had a 2.33 greater likelihood of HIV medication usage than the control group, which was sustained 12 months post-intervention.
  • The intervention group had increased appointment adherence, visit constancy, and overall medical visits compared to the control group.
  • Clients were more likely to have a declining viral load over time.

Intervention Components

  • Define Intervention Population and Data Measures
  • Secure Stakeholder Buy-In
  • Assess Staff Resources and Gaps
  • Engage Youth-Centered Community Service Partners
  • Assess Local Laws and Regulations
  • Recruit Peer Facilitators, Counselors, and Social Workers
  • Train Staff on Project ACCEPT Procedures and Facilitate Knowledge Exchange
  • Recruit Youth with HIV
  • Increase Youth Skills to Engage in HIV Medical Care and Social Support

Cost Analysis

The Project ACCEPT intervention cost analysis is not currently available. However, you can use the CIE Cost Calculator to create an estimate of the cost of implementing the intervention at your organization.

Challenges and Solutions

Client reluctance to engage with health care providersEngage providers who have experience with youth and who competently communicate in a manner that reduces stigma and promotes empathy and compassion. Use peers as client-provider liaisons.
FundingDiscuss the following with your organization’s leadership: ways to repurpose existing funding to support specific intervention components; or ways to collaborate with external partners to secure resources to implement Project ACCEPT.
Non-inclusive training curricula and facilitator guidesTailor your training curricula and counseling sessions for gender-diverse youth and ensure that you offer inclusive services.

Supplementary Resources





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