AIDS and Behavior

, Volume 11, Issue 6, pp 864–871

Even If You Build It, We May Not Come: Correlates of Non-attendance at a Sexual Risk Reduction Workshop for STD Clinic Patients

  • Theresa E. Senn
  • Michael P. Carey
  • Peter A. Vanable
  • Patricia Coury-Doniger
  • Marguerite Urban
Original Paper

Abstract

Sexual risk reduction interventions have been shown to reduce sexual risk behavior; however, attendance at these interventions is sometimes disappointingly low. To improve recruitment efforts, we investigated whether patient characteristics were associated with non-attendance at a single-session, sexual risk reduction intervention. Patients from an STD clinic (N = 990; 48% female; 64% African American) who were eligible and who agreed to participate in a randomized, clinical trial were invited to a 4-h, sexual risk reduction workshop. Fifty-six percent of those who were invited attended the workshop. Those who did not attend were more likely to be younger, male, Caucasian, and employed. Attendance did not differ as a function of sexual behavior or infection status. These findings identify the population sub-groups who are likely to require special effort to attract to a workshop. We encourage more effective marketing and recruitment approaches for sexual risk reduction programs.

Keywords

Sexual behavior Health promotion Sexually transmitted diseases HIV Intervention studies 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Theresa E. Senn
    • 1
  • Michael P. Carey
    • 1
  • Peter A. Vanable
    • 1
  • Patricia Coury-Doniger
    • 2
  • Marguerite Urban
    • 2
  1. 1.Center for Health and BehaviorSyracuse UniversitySyracuseUSA
  2. 2.School of MedicineUniversity of RochesterRochesterUSA

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