The Efficacy of a Relationship-Based HIV/STD Prevention Program for Heterosexual Couples

Nabila El-Bassel, Susan S. Witte, Louisa Gilbert, Elwin Wu, Mingway Chang, Jennifer Hill, Peter Steinglass

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Abstract

Objectives. This study examined the efficacy of a relationship-based HIV/sexually transmitted disease prevention program for heterosexual couples and whether it is more effective when delivered to the couple or to the woman alone. Methods. Couples (n=217) were recruited and randomized to (1) 6 sessions provided to couples together (n=81), (2) the same intervention provided to the woman alone (n=73), or (3) a 1-session control condition provided to the woman alone (n=63). Results. The intervention was effective in reducing the proportion of unprotected and increasing the proportion of protected sexual acts. No significant differences in effects were observed between couples receiving the intervention together and those in which the woman received it alone. Conclusions. This study demonstrates the efficacy of a relationship-based prevention program for couples at risk for HIV infection.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)963-969
Number of pages7
JournalAmerican journal of public health
Volume93
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2003

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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