Mano a Mano-Mujer: An Effective HIV Prevention Intervention for Chilean Women

Rosina Cianelli, Lilian Ferrer, Kathleen F. Norr, Sarah Miner, Lisette Irarrazabal, Margarita Bernales, Nilda Peragallo, Judith Levy, James L. Norr, Beverly McElmurry

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The impact of a professionally facilitated peer group intervention for HIV prevention among 400 low-income Chilean women was examined using a quasiexperimental design. At 3 months postintervention, the intervention group had higher HIV-related knowledge, more positive attitudes toward people living with HIV, fewer perceived condom use barriers, greater self- efficacy, higher HIV reduction behavioral intentions, more communication with partners about safer sex, and decreased depression symptoms. They did not, however, have increased condom use or self-esteem. More attention to gender barriers is needed. This intervention offers a model for reducing HIV for women in Chile and other Latin American countries.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)321-341
Number of pages21
JournalHealth Care for Women International
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Professions(all)


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