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Date:11/5/2008

m, half of the teams will receive Navegante intervention from the start of the study, while the other half will be part of a delayed-intervention comparison group, which will begin receiving peer-led intervention in the third year. Data will be collected on members accessing healthcare, utilizing the Navegante, using condoms, etc., before the intervention (baseline), immediately post intervention, and at a 12-month follow-up.

Participants in the first-year HIV prevention intervention, relative to their peers in the delayed-intervention comparison group, are expected to show an increase in their use of condoms during sexual intercourse and in the utilization of HIV and sexually transmitted disease (STD) counseling, testing and treatment services.

"Our effort is unique because we work in very close partnership with representatives from community-based organizations, health departments and lay community members to ensure that we are doing the most meaningful and on-target research that we can be doing," Rhodes said. "The hope is that by blending our talents, skills, and experiences, what we do is more effective in reducing HIV. I bring science and our partners in research bring real-world experiences. They make sure that what I am doing as a scientist is grounded in reality."


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Contact: Jessica Guenzel
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336-716-3487
Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center
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