Longitudinal effects of SafeTalk, a motivational interviewing-based program to improve safer sex practices among people living with HIV/AIDS.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Programs to help people living with HIV/AIDS practice safer sex are needed to prevent transmission of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections. We sought to assess the impact of SafeTalk, a multicomponent motivational interviewing-based safer sex program, on HIV-infected patients' risky sexual behavior. We enrolled sexually active adult HIV-infected patients from one of three clinical sites in North Carolina and randomized them to receive the 4-session SafeTalk intervention versus a hearthealthy attention-control. There was no significant difference in the proportion of people having unprotected sex between the two arms at enrollment. SafeTalk significantly reduced the number of unprotected sex acts with at-risk partners from baseline, while in controls the number of unprotected sex acts increased. Motivational interviewing can provide an effective, flexible prevention intervention for a heterogeneous group of people living with HIV.

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Cited Authors

  • Golin, CE; Earp, JA; Grodensky, CA; Patel, SN; Suchindran, C; Parikh, M; Kalichman, S; Patterson, K; Swygard, H; Quinlivan, EB; Amola, K; Chariyeva, Z; Groves, J

Published Date

  • July 2012

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 16 / 5

Start / End Page

  • 1182 - 1191

PubMed ID

  • 21964975

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC3670095

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1573-3254

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1090-7165

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/s10461-011-0025-9


  • eng