AIDS and Behavior

, Volume 15, Issue 8, pp 1677–1690

Reduced Sexual Risk Behaviors Among People Living with HIV: Results from the Healthy Relationships Outcome Monitoring Project

  • Janet L. Heitgerd
  • Elizabeth J. Kalayil
  • Alpa Patel-Larson
  • Gary Uhl
  • Weston O. Williams
  • Tanesha Griffin
  • Bryce D. Smith
Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s10461-011-9913-2

Cite this article as:
Heitgerd, J.L., Kalayil, E.J., Patel-Larson, A. et al. AIDS Behav (2011) 15: 1677. doi:10.1007/s10461-011-9913-2

Abstract

In 2006, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention funded seven community-based organizations (CBOs) to conduct outcome monitoring of Healthy Relationships. Healthy Relationships is an evidence-based behavioral intervention for people living with HIV. Demographic and sexual risk behaviors recalled by participants with a time referent of the past 90 days were collected over a 17-month project period using a repeated measures design. Data were collected at baseline, and at 3 and 6 months after the intervention. Generalized estimating equations were used to assess the changes in sexual risk behaviors after participation in Healthy Relationships. Our findings show that participants (n = 474) in the outcome monitoring project reported decreased sexual risk behaviors over time, such as fewer number of partners (RR = 0.55; 95% CI 0.41–0.73, P < 0.001) and any unprotected sex events (OR = 0.44; 95% CI 0.36–0.54, P < 0.001) at 6 months after the intervention. Additionally, this project demonstrates that CBOs can successfully collect and report longitudinal outcome monitoring data.

Keywords

HIV Risk reduction behavior Healthy Relationships Program evaluation Safe sex 

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC (outside the USA)  2011

Authors and Affiliations

  • Janet L. Heitgerd
    • 1
  • Elizabeth J. Kalayil
    • 2
  • Alpa Patel-Larson
    • 1
  • Gary Uhl
    • 1
  • Weston O. Williams
    • 2
  • Tanesha Griffin
    • 3
  • Bryce D. Smith
    • 1
  1. 1.Program Evaluation Branch, Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention, National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB PreventionCenters for Disease Control and PreventionAtlantaUSA
  2. 2.MANILA Consulting Group, Inc.McLeanUSA
  3. 3.Northrup GrummanAtlantaUSA