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Core Elements & Fact Sheet

About Partnership for Health-Safer Sex

Partnership for Health-Safer Sex (PfH-SS) uses message framing, repetition, and reinforcement during patient visits to increase HIV-positive patients’ knowledge, skills, and motivations to practice safer sex.

Intervention/Strategy Goals:

  1. The program is designed to improve patient provider communication about safer sex, disclosure
    of HIV status, and HIV prevention.

Intervention/Strategy Core Elements*:

  • Providers delivering the intervention to HIV-positive patients in HIV outpatient clinics.
  • The clinic adopting prevention as an essential component of patient care.
  • All clinic staff trained to facilitate prevention counseling into standard practice.
  • Waiting room posters and brochures used to reinforce prevention messages delivered by the
  • Supportive relationships built and maintained between the patient and the provider.
  • During routine visits, the provider initiates at least a 3- to 5-minute discussion with the patient on protection, partner protection, and disclosure.
  • The provider incorporates good communication techniques and use of consequences-framed messages for patients or clients engaged in high risk sexual behavior.
  • Referrals provided for needs that require more extensive counseling and services.
  • The prevention message integrated into clinic visits so that every patient is counseled at every visit.
*Core elements are the characteristics of an individual intervention presumed to be responsible for the efficacy of the intervention.

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