AIDS and Behavior

, Volume 18, Issue 4, pp 726–739 | Cite as

Outcomes of a Behavioral Intervention to Reduce HIV Risk Among Drug-involved Female Sex Workers

  • Hilary L. SurrattEmail author
  • Catherine O’Grady
  • Steven P. Kurtz
  • Maria A. Levi-Minzi
  • Minxing Chen
Original Paper


Although street-based female sex workers (FSWs) are highly vulnerable to HIV, they often lack access to needed health services and medical care. This paper reports the results of a recently completed randomized intervention trial for FSWs in Miami, Florida, which tested the relative efficacy of two case management interventions that aimed to link underserved FSWs with health services and to reduce risk behaviors for HIV. Participants were recruited using targeted sampling strategies and were randomly assigned to: a Strengths-Based/Professional Only (PO) or a Strengths-Based/Professional-Peer condition (PP). Follow-up data were collected 3 and 6 months post-baseline. Outcome analyses indicated that both intervention groups displayed significant reductions in HIV risk behaviors and significant increases in services utilization; the Professional-Peer condition provided no added benefit. HIV seropositive FSWs responded particularly well to the interventions, suggesting the utility of brief strengths-based case management interventions for this population in future initiatives.


Female sex workers HIV interventions Service utilization Peers Drug use 


Aunque trabajadoras sexuales (TS) de la calle son altamente vulnerables al VIH, ellas a menudo carecen del necesario acceso a los servicios de salud y a la atención médica. En este trabajo se reportan los resultados de un estudio aleatorizado de intervención completado recientemente para TS en Miami, Florida, que puso a prueba la eficacia relativa de dos intervenciones de manejo de casos que tenían como objetivo vincular las TS marginadas con los servicios de salud necesarios y para reducir las conductas de riesgo de VIH. Las participantes fueron reclutadas utilizando estrategias de muestreo específico y fueron asignadas al azar a: una condición basada en Fortaleza/Sólo Profesional o en Fortaleza/Colega-Profesional (CP). Los datos de seguimiento se recogieron a los 3 y 6 meses post-basal. El análisis de los resultados indicó que ambos grupos de intervención muestran reducciones significativas en las conductas de riesgo de VIH y un aumento significativo en la utilización de servicios; la condición CP proporciona ningún beneficio adicional. TS VIH seropositivo respondieron particularmente bien a las intervenciones, lo que sugiere la utilidad de las intervenciones breves de manejo de casos basadas en las fortalezas para esta población en las iniciativas futuras.

Palabras claves

Trabajadoras del sexo Intervenciones de VIH Utilización de servicios Colega Uso de drogas 



This research was supported by Grant No. R01DA013131 from the National Institute on Drug Abuse. We gratefully acknowledge Dr. James A. Inciardi, PI of this study through 2009.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hilary L. Surratt
    • 1
  • Catherine O’Grady
    • 1
  • Steven P. Kurtz
    • 1
  • Maria A. Levi-Minzi
    • 1
  • Minxing Chen
    • 2
  1. 1.Center for Applied Research on Substance Use and Health DisparitiesNova Southeastern UniversityMiamiUSA
  2. 2.Department of Biostatistics, MD Anderson Cancer CenterThe University of TexasHoustonUSA

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