Comparison of two psycho-educational interventions aimed at preventing HIV and promoting sexual health among Portuguese women

Eleonora C. V. Costa*, Teresa McIntyre, Ana Trovisqueira, Stevan E. Hobfoll

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Abstract

This study compares the efficacy of 2 psychoeducational interventions—ACCENT skills-based and didactic information only—to prevent HIV among Portuguese women. At posttest and follow-up, participants in both intervention groups (n = 127) were more knowledgeable about HIV than at baseline. Although both intervention groups showed an increase in self-reported condom use over time, differences were marginally stronger in the ACCENT group. Both intervention groups showed more positive results than the non-intervention control group (n = 33). The study suggests that HIV prevention interventions can produce significant changes when they target a set of knowledge, social, and cognitive variables relevant to sexual behavior change.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)258-272
Number of pages15
JournalInternational Journal of Sexual Health
Volume29
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 3 Jul 2017

Keywords

  • Behavior change
  • Health promotion
  • HIV prevention
  • Sexual risk
  • Women

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