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Core Elements & Fact Sheet

About Sin Buscar Excusas/No Excuses

Sin Buscar Excusas/No Excuses is a 60 minutes single-session, small-group, video-based behavioral intervention that aims to increase sexual safety and HIV testing and care among Hispanic/Latino gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (MSM). Sexual safety includes having fewer partners, using condoms consistently, engaging in less risky sexual behaviors, using Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) or post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) as needed, and communicating with one’s partner about monogamy or HIV status. Sin Buscar Excusas/No Excuses can be implemented in various settings, including clinics and community agencies.

Intervention/Strategy Core Elements*:

  • Viewing of a Spanish- or English-language video in a small-group setting that ensures privacy and confidentiality.
  • Structured, small-group, brief discussion about barriers and strategies to increase sexual safety and HIV testing and care.
  • Condom distribution, the offer of an HIV test, and referrals for services (including PrEP, PEP, medication adherence, substance use/harm reductions programs, case management, and additional services in linking to care).
*Core elements are the characteristics of an individual intervention presumed to be responsible for the efficacy of the intervention.

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