Healthy Love is a single session, evidence-based, safer sex intervention developed for African American women. It is delivered to small groups of women that share a social connection (e.g., friends, sororities, neighborhoods, etc.) in settings of their choosing.
The goals of Healthy Love
are to reduce unprotected sex with male partners and the number of sex partners and to increase sexual abstinence, consistent use of condoms and other protective barriers, and the number of women who get tested for HIV and receive their test results. The intervention achieves these goals by increasing participants’ HIV/AIDS and STD knowledge, positive attitudes towards sex/sexuality, risk perception, condom use/negotiation skills, and self-efficacy to increase safer sex or protective behaviors for HIV/AIDS and STD prevention.
The Healthy Love intervention is a 3-4 hour session that consists of 12 activities that comprise three intervention categories: Setting the Tone, The Facts, and Safer Sex. Two culturally competent female facilitators deliver the intervention to groups of women ranging from 5-14 participants in an informal setting of the group's choosing that provides a confidential and conducive learning environment. Healthy Love provides participants with HIV/STD-related facts, a personalized risk assessment, condom negotiation techniques, and multiple condom use skills-building activities delivered in a fun, sex-positive environment. The intervention activities include discussions, demonstrations, role plays, and skills-building opportunities. Safer sex kits (containing condoms, dental dams, personal lubricants and educational materials) as well as an optional HIV testing opportunity are provided to participants as the end of the interactive session.
Healthy Love is based on the Health Belief Model and Social Cognitive Theory. The intervention specifically targets African American women, 18 years of age and older, who are not pregnant or intending to become pregnant in the next 6 months. Even though Healthy Love was only tested with African American women, the intervention also may be tailored for women of other races/ethnicities and groups of women with mixed ethnicities.
Important CDC Update:
The CDC’s strategy for High Impact HIV Prevention involves prioritizing and implementing an optimal combination of cost-effective, scalable interventions based on the current state of the science. This shift should help improve the effectiveness of HIV prevention efforts, reduce HIV incidence, and ultimately increase the possibility of achieving an AIDS-free America. In its ongoing effort to align HIV prevention resources with current surveillance data and this strategy, the Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention (DHAP) at CDC will not offer trainings or capacity building assistance on the following evidence-based interventions (EBIs): AIM, ¡Cuídate!, Focus on Youth, MIP, Nia, RAPP, Safety Counts, SHIELD, SIHLE, SISTA, Street Smart, RESPECT and VOICES/VOCES (except when used with MSM). The Division also will not offer trainings or capacity building assistance on some new EBIs, such as Healthy Love. Health departments or other funders may continue to support implementation of these EBIs, and the implementation materials for all these interventions will remain on this site and be available for download. If you have additional questions about this issue, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
CDC’s Division of Reproductive Health (DRH) will provide support to their grantees on AIM, ¡Cuídate!, and SIHLE. For further information on DRH’s efforts, please contact Trisha Mueller at email@example.com.
How to request Healthy Love training and technical assistance
As listed above, CDC will not offer training or capacity building for Healthy Love
. If Healthy Love
training is desired, you may contact SisterLove, the developers of Healthy Love
to make individual arrangements to obtain training. All costs associated with receiving Healthy Love
training will be paid by the requesting agency or individual. A printer friendly version of the SisterLove staff contact list is available under More Info...Relevant Links
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 10558, Atlanta, Georgia 30310-1731
Physical Address: LoveHouse (Headquarters) 3709 Bakers Ferry Rd, SW, Atlanta, Georgia 30331-3714
Toll Free: 866.750.7733
L. Nyrobi N. Moss
Health Education Programs Manager/Sexual Health Educator and Staff Trainer
Research and Development
Diallo, D. D., Moore, T. W., Ngalame, P. M., White, L. D., Herbst, J. H., & Painter, T. M. (2010).
Efficacy of a single-session HIV prevention intervention for black women: A group randomized controlled trial. AIDS and Behavior, 14, 518-529.
Program Review Panel Information
The CDC requires all CDC-funded agencies using the Healthy Love intervention to identify, or establish, and utilize a Program Review Panel and complete Form 0.1113 to document this activity. The intervention researchers and developers are not involved in this activity. This is a CDC requirement for their grantees, and all questions in this regard should be directed to your agency's CDC Project Officer or to the health department funding your agency's implementation of the intervention.
The Program Review Panel guidelines, instructions for completion of Form 0.113, and the form itself are available under the Related Links section of the this website.
CDC Policy on Youth Peer Outreach Workers
CDC funded (directly or indirectly) agencies using youth (either paid or volunteer) in program outreach activities need to use caution and judgment in the venues/situations where youth workers are placed. Agencies should give careful consideration to the "age appropriateness" of the activity or venue. Additionally, agencies should comply with all relevant laws and regulations regarding entrance into adult establishments/environments. Laws and curfews should be clearly outlined in required safety protocols developed and implemented by agencies directly and indirectly funded by CDC.
If you have specific questions, please contact your CDC Project Officer.
For more information on the Healthy Love Intervention Package, please contact:
Dazon Dixon Diallo at SisterLove, Inc., P.O. Box 10558, Atlanta, Georgia 30310 Phone: 404-505-7777