AIDS and Behavior

, Volume 15, Issue 8, pp 1654–1663 | Cite as

Results of a Randomized Controlled Trial of a Peer Mentor HIV/STI Prevention Intervention for Women Over an 18 Month Follow-Up

  • Melissa A. Davey-Rothwell
  • Karin Tobin
  • Cui Yang
  • Christina J. Sun
  • Carl A. Latkin
Original Paper


Despite numerous behavioral interventions designed for women, rates of HIV and STIs are increasing. Interventions are needed that reach a large number of at-risk individuals. This study was a randomized clinical trial of a HIV/STI behavioral intervention conducted in Baltimore, MD, USA. Heterosexual women (n = 169) completed a baseline and three semiannual follow-up visits. Participants were randomized into a standard of care comparison condition or a Peer Mentor condition. At the 6-month follow-up, Peer Mentors were less likely to have multiple sex partners [AOR: 0.28 (95% CI: 0.13, 0.63)]. At the 18 month follow-up assessment, Peer Mentors increased their condom use during vaginal [AOR: 0.47 (95% CI: 0.25, 0.87)] and anal sex [AOR: 0.24 (95% CI: 0.09, 0.68)] as well as with main [AOR: 0.41 (95% CI: 0.21, 0.77)] and non-main partners [AOR: 0.33 (95% CI: 0.14, 0.79)]. Peer education is a sustainable approach to change risky sexual behaviors.


Intervention Women Social networks Peer education 


A pesar de numerosas intervenciones de comportamientos diseñadas para las mujeres, están aumentando las tasas de VIH y enfermedades de transmisión sexual. Se necesitan intervenciones que llegar a un gran número de personas en situación de riesgo. Este estudio fue un ensayo clínico aleatorio de un VIH/ITS intervención conductual llevó a cabo en Baltimore, MD, USA. Las mujeres heterosexuales (n = 169) completó una línea de base y 3 visitas de seguimiento semestral. Los participantes fueron asignados al azar en un estándar de afección de comparación de atención o un Mentor del mismo nivel. En el seguimiento de 6 meses, mentores de Peer tenían menos probabilidades de tener múltiples compañeros sexuales [AOR: 0,28 (95% CI: 0,13, 0.63)]. En la evaluación de seguimiento de 18 meses, mentores de Peer aumentó su uso de condón durante vaginal [AOR: 0,47 (95% CI: 0,25, 0.87)] y sexo anal [AOR: 0,24 (95% CI: 0,09, 0,68)], así como con el principal [AOR: 0,41 (95% CI: 0,21, 0,77)] y no principales asociados [AOR: 0,33 (95% CI: 0,14; 0.79)]. La educación entre compañeros es un enfoque sostenible para cambiar los comportamientos sexuales riesgosos.



This work was funded by the National Institute on Mental Health (Grant# R01 MH66810).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Melissa A. Davey-Rothwell
    • 1
  • Karin Tobin
    • 1
  • Cui Yang
    • 1
  • Christina J. Sun
    • 1
  • Carl A. Latkin
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Health, Behavior and SocietyJohns Hopkins University, Bloomberg School of Public HealthBaltimoreUSA

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