A comparison of the efficacy of two interventions to reduce HIV risk behaviors among drug users

Clyde B. McCoy, Victor De Gruttola, Lisa Metsch, Mary Comerford

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Numerous interventions have been developed and implemented to decrease risk behaviors which lead to HIV infection and transmission. These interventions have been differentially successful in reducing high risk behaviors in various populations. Testing and evaluation of the interventions have been subject to various degrees of rigor. The CDC recommends the use of interventions which have been rigorously tested and meet the standards for evidence based intervention rather than the continuation of the development of new interventions. Project RESPECT is an evidence based intervention that proved efficacious in increasing condom use among patients of STD clinics. We tested the efficacy of the RESPECT intervention against the NIDA standard intervention to determine if the RESPECT intervention was more effective in reducing high risk behaviors among drug users. Both interventions showed changes from baseline to follow-up; RESPECT was more effective than the NIDA standard intervention in reducing high risk sex behaviors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1707-1714
Number of pages8
JournalAIDS and Behavior
Issue number8
StatePublished - Nov 2011


  • Behavior change
  • NIDA intervention
  • RESPECT intervention
  • Risk behaviors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Social Psychology


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