Demonstration and evaluation of a peer-delivered, individually-tailored, HIV prevention intervention for HIV-infected MSM in their primary care setting

Steven Safren, Conall O'Cleirigh, Margie R. Skeer, Jeffrey Driskell, Brett M. Goshe, Charles Covahey, Kenneth H. Mayer

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Abstract

Employing HIV-infected peer counselors in secondary prevention interventions for MSM is appealing for scalable interventions. One-hundred-seventy-six HIV-infected MSM at their primary care facility participated in a secondary HIV-prevention study delivered by HIV-infected MSM peers. Of those who entered the intervention and completed the initial intake, 62% completed all four of the intervention sessions, and 93% completed at least one. While there was no overall change in transmission risk behavior (TRB) for the whole sample, among those who reported HIV TRB at baseline (n = 29), there were significant reductions in TRB over the next year. Themes that emerged in qualitative exit interviews conducted with a subset of participants centered on peer counselor quality, intervention implications, and intervention experience. This demonstration project provides initial evidence for the ability to recruit HIV-infected MSM in care into a peer-based intervention study, and shows how a peer-based intervention can be delivered in the context of HIV care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)949-958
Number of pages10
JournalAIDS and Behavior
Volume15
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2011
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • HIV transmission risk behavior
  • Peer-based
  • Prevention in treatment settings
  • Secondary prevention

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

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Demonstration and evaluation of a peer-delivered, individually-tailored, HIV prevention intervention for HIV-infected MSM in their primary care setting. / Safren, Steven; O'Cleirigh, Conall; Skeer, Margie R.; Driskell, Jeffrey; Goshe, Brett M.; Covahey, Charles; Mayer, Kenneth H.

In: AIDS and Behavior, Vol. 15, No. 5, 07.2011, p. 949-958.

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Safren, Steven ; O'Cleirigh, Conall ; Skeer, Margie R. ; Driskell, Jeffrey ; Goshe, Brett M. ; Covahey, Charles ; Mayer, Kenneth H. / Demonstration and evaluation of a peer-delivered, individually-tailored, HIV prevention intervention for HIV-infected MSM in their primary care setting. In: AIDS and Behavior. 2011 ; Vol. 15, No. 5. pp. 949-958.
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