A Brief Safer-Sex Intervention in HIV Clinics
Partnership for Health (PfH) uses message framing, repetition, and reinforcement during patient visits to increase HIV positive patients' knowledge, skills, and motivations to practice safer sex. The program is designed to improve patient-provider communication about safer sex, disclosure of HIV serostatus, and HIV prevention. Implementation of PfH includes development of clinic and staff "buy-in" and training.
- 4 to 6 months start-up period
- On-site Coordinator (half-time during start-up, quarter-time thereafter)
- 1/2 day training of all clinic staff
- Orientation and booster training(s)
- Ongoing communications to patients
- Program monitoring and evaluation
PfH - Safer Sex: An Overview for Providers - This 30-minute course is designed to help health care providers to recognize the benefits of integrating
prevention messages into their clinic’s routine care for people living with
HIV, utilize good communication skills to assess patients for HIV/STD
transmission risk behaviors, and form “loss-frame” messages to deliver to
patients who report transmission risk and/or non-disclosure of HIV status to
sex partners. The primary target audience for this course is physicians who treat people living with HIV. In addition, anyone providing medical care or other support services to this population may find this information useful.
This course has been designed for clinicians who treat people living with HIV and has three learning objectives. Upon completion of this course, clinicians will be able to:
- Describe the intent and goal of the Partnership for Health - Safer Sex intervention.
- Demonstrate a brief and routine assessment of HIV transmission risk behavior.
- Apply loss framed messages focused on one or more of the core prevention messages: patient self-protection, partner protection, and disclosure of HIV status.
Research and Development
Richardson, J.L., Milam, J., McCutchan, A., Stoyanoff, S., Bolan, R., Weiss, J., Kemper, C., Larsen, R.A., Hollander, H., Weismuller, P., Chou, C.P., Marks, G. (2004). Effect of brief safer-sex counseling by medical providers to HIV-1 seropositive patients: A multi-clinic assessment. AIDS, 18:1179-1186.