AIDS and Behavior

, Volume 15, Issue 8, pp 1677–1690 | Cite as

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

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 

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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

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