Berg, R. C.; Sondag, K. Ann; Dybdal, Laura
September 2007
American Journal of Health Studies;2007, Vol. 22 Issue 3, p160
Academic Journal
To evaluate the effectiveness of Gay and Bisexual Men's Health Retreats in addressing factors that support safer sexual behaviors among men who have sex with men (MSM), we administered a quantitative questionnaire to intervention and comparison participants and conducted two focus groups of men who received the program intervention. Quantitative results showed that the intervention had moderate impact on patterns of behavior over time. Qualitative focus group results revealed improvements in attitude towards safer sex and use of condoms, self-acceptance, and level of social support and personal networks. Our findings suggest ways to improve the effectiveness of retreats as an HJV prevention intervention for gay and bisexual men as well as highlight the continued need for HIV prevention program evaluation for MSM.


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