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Date:5/26/2009

r roles in relationships, which may help address cultural values that minimize a man's responsibility in enacting safer sex practices and undermine a woman's willingness and power do so
  • Developing positive attitudes, skills and self-confidence toward safer sex practices
  • Identifying social factors that can help or hinder safer sex practices.

    The researchers will deliver the group-format intervention over five weekly three-hour sessions. The main goals of the intervention are increasing condom use and monogamous relationships and decreasing risky sexual behaviors and the number of sexual partners.

    In the first part of the study, the researchers will use focus groups, interviews, and other testing strategies to adapt the intervention for young heterosexual Latino couples. The participants' feedback and results of pilot testing will help inform the second part of the study, in which 75 couples at risk of infection with HIV or a related disease will be randomly assigned to the intervention group or a control condition.

    Participants in the intervention group will receive the adapted intervention, and control group members will receive life skills intervention over the five-week period. The control condition will focus on providing basic information that is relevant to the participants but not included in the intervention. Examples of life skills topics that will be explored in the control group are identifying the importance of self-esteem, learning appropriate attitudes and techniques to manage conflicts, and being motivated in the face of life's challenges.

    The researchers will evaluate the effectiveness of the intervention at a three-month follow-up, based on self-reported condom use and the self-reported number of unsafe sexual behaviors.


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  • Contact: Karin Lee
    NIMHpress@nih.gov
    301-443-4536
    NIH/National Institute of Mental Health
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