Brother 2 Brother Initiative
- Goal — "Build new relationships among young urban males in our community in order to make a difference in their lives one youth at a time".
- Mission — Provide a health care prevention model that changes the lives of your urban males regarding better decision making and taking responsibility for their health.
- Vision — Decrease new HIV/AIDS infections, Sexually Transmitted Diseases, and Teenage Pregnancy and the associated morbidity and mortality among your males in our community.
- Commitment — We are committed to developing "safe places" for our young urban males where they can learn how to make better decisions on issues that impact their lives on a daily basis.
"One of the major concerns we have about the AIDS epidemic is that increasingly it is affecting communities that tend to be left out of the health care and public health system, … We know that in order to be successful we have to find a new way to reach these communities" by David Satcher, MD, PhD.
HIV is a major global public health issue and has resulted in more than 25 million lives to date. In 2011, there were approximately 34 million people living with HIV. There is no cure for HIV infection, however, there are drugs that can control the virus so that people with HIV can have healthy and productive lives.
According to the 2013 Epidemiologic Profiles of HIV, STD and Hepatitis in Missouri, there were over 2, 500 cases of HIV in the St. Louis region. Males made up 81% (2,076) of these cases and 53% (1,350) of the cases were of Black/African American race/ethnicity. 47% (1,196) were age 25-44 years old and teenagers/adolescents age 13-24 made up approx. 10% (246) of these cases.
The Brother 2 Brother Initiative (B2B) was created by Dr. Otha Myles, an infectious disease physician currently at Mercy Clinic in St. Louis, Missouri and former Lieutenant Colonel in the US Army Medical Corps. Dr. Myles has worked hard for many years to stop the spread of HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted infections, especially among minority populations. He created a comprehensive prevention program that includes education and awareness on issues surrounding HIV/AIDS infection, Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI), Teenage Pregnancy, Violence in Teenage Relationships, and Responsibility and Respect among male relationships.
This new program is usually implemented in a day-long conference model and includes lecture format along with small group sessions. The lectures are presented by professionals and small groups are led by volunteer male facilitators. B2B is mainly an awareness program based at Roosevelt High School in St. Louis, Missouri and serves a minority urban male population. The program has been sponsored by Dr. Myles’s company, Myles Medical Consulting, LLC in collaboration with other supporters such as Mercy Clinic-Roosevelt High School, The Urban