Bathhouse-Based Voluntary Counseling and Testing Is Feasible and Shows Preliminary Evidence of Effectiveness
October 24, 2006
The authors conducted the current study to evaluate the feasibility and effectiveness of voluntary counseling and testing (VCT) for HIV in a bathhouse environment.
At a single venue over 13 months, 492 men took part in bathhouse-based VCT. A convenience sample of 133 participants was assessed immediately before and three months after VCT. Thirty-eight percent of men in the sample reported unprotected anal intercourse (UAI) with one of their two most recent partners in the three months prior to testing, and 48 percent of those men had not otherwise been tested for HIV in the previous 12 months. In the months after VCT, men were less likely to engage in UAI, lowered their frequency of having sex while high or drunk, and were more likely to discuss HIV with their sexual partners, the researchers found.
"Bathhouse-based VCT seems to be a feasible approach for reaching significant numbers of men at risk for HIV and shows preliminary evidence of effectiveness in changing some specific HIV-related risk and precautionary behaviors," the authors concluded.
Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes
10.01.2006; Vol. 43; No. 2: P. 239-246; David M. Huebner, PhD, MPH; Diane Binson, PhD; William J. Woods, PhD; Samantha E. Dilworth, MS; Torsten B. Neilands, PhD; Olga Grinstead, PhD
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