AIDS and Behavior

, Volume 9, Issue 1, pp 1–13 | Cite as

Long-Term Effects of an HIV/STI Sexual Risk Reduction Intervention for Heterosexual Couples

  • Nabila El-Bassel
  • Susan S. Witte
  • Louisa Gilbert
  • Elwin Wu
  • Mingway Chang
  • Jennifer Hill
  • Peter Steinglass


This randomized clinical trial examined the relative efficacy of a relationship-based HIV/STI prevention intervention for women and their regular male sexual partners at 12 months post-intervention. A total of 217 couples were randomized to (1) a six-session intervention provided to the woman and her sexual partner together (n = 81); (2) the same intervention provided to the woman alone (n = 73); or (3) a one-session health information education “control” provided to the woman alone (n = 63). Findings suggest the intervention was efficacious in reducing unprotected sex at 12 months post-intervention, compared with the education control group. No significant differences were observed when comparing whether couples received the intervention together or when the woman received it alone.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nabila El-Bassel
    • 1
    • 3
  • Susan S. Witte
    • 1
  • Louisa Gilbert
    • 1
  • Elwin Wu
    • 1
  • Mingway Chang
    • 1
  • Jennifer Hill
    • 1
  • Peter Steinglass
    • 2
  1. 1.Social Intervention GroupColumbia University School of Social WorkNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.Ackerman Institute for the FamilyNew YorkUSA
  3. 3.Social Intervention GroupColumbia University School of Social WorkNew YorkUSA

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