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New research on family-based HIV prevention presented at annual NIH conference
Date:10/7/2008

). Teens were randomized into one of three HIV interventions family-based, adolescent-only, and a general health promotion. The family-based intervention focused on parent-teen sexual communication, condom use skills and assertiveness training around sexual discussions. The adolescent-only intervention was nearly identical except that it did not include parent-teen communication. General health promotion highlighted topics such as smoking, diet and exercise.

Among teens in the study, researchers noted that those who were sexually active used a condom 40 percent of the time and engaged in unprotected sex an average of six times in the previous 90 days. Approximately 15 percent of teens said they had been pregnant or had gotten someone pregnant and 14 percent had a sexually transmitted disease at some point.

When Hadley and colleagues compared the results of the family-based and adolescent-only intervention groups, they discovered that those teens receiving family-based intervention reported more open sexual communication with their parents. This was associated with approximately one-third fewer unprotected sexual acts among those participating in the family-based intervention at the six-month follow-up.

Hadley is also an assistant professor of psychiatry at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Study co-authors were Larry Brown from the BHCRC and Alpert Medical School, Ralph DiClemente from Emory University, Geri Donenberg from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and the Project STYLE study group.

Juvenile offenders may benefit from family-based HIV prevention

Improving a family's ability to appropriately and emotionally respond to one another and be genuinely interested in each other's activities may help reduce risky sexual behaviors among juvenile offenders, say researchers at the Bradley Hasbro Children's Research Center (BHCRC).

"Juvenile offenders are at increased risk for HIV
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