Mckay, Alexander
June 2000
Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality;Summer2000, Vol. 9 Issue 2, p95
Academic Journal
This paper reviews literature supporting the development and implementation of effective HIV/STI interventions for different populations. Evaluation research indicating favourable behavioural outcomes for HIV/STI prevention interventions with adolescents, street youth, STI clinic patients, women, heterosexually active men, men who have sex with men, and communities is summarized. Research suggesting that HIV/STI prevention interventions can be cost-effective or result in cost-savings is also described. Based on the interventions reviewed, some common characteristics of behaviourally effective HIV/STI interventions are identified and discussed. These include: use of theoretical models; incorporation of behavioural skills training; emphasis on promoting condom use; helping clients create a personal sexual health plan; use of community/culturally appropriate strategies; use of peer educators and community opinion leaders; and appropriate intervention duration.


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