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HIV Intervention for Providers Study: A Randomized Controlled Trial of a Clinician-Delivered HIV Risk-Reduction Intervention for HIV-Positive People

December 1, 2010

"Clinician-delivered prevention interventions offer an opportunity to integrate risk-reduction counseling as a routine part of medical care," explain the study authors. A randomized, controlled trial, the HIV Intervention for Providers study, developed and tested a provider-based HIV prevention training intervention in four northern California HIV treatment clinics.

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Providers were assigned to either the intervention or a control condition (usual care). Participants in the intervention arm received a four-hour training on assessing sexual risk behavior with HIV-positive patients and delivering risk-reduction-oriented messages to patients who reported risk behaviors with partners of unknown or HIV-negative status. Efficacy of the intervention versus control on transmission risk behavior was compared by enrolling 386 patients of the randomized providers.

Over six-month follow-up, patients of the intervention-assigned providers reported a relative increase in provider-patient discussion of safer sex (odds ratio [OR]=1.49; 95 percent confidence interval [CI]=1.06 to 2.09), assessment of sexual activity (OR=1.60; 95 percent CI=1.05 to 2.45) and a significant decline in the number of sex partners (OR=0.49; 95 percent CI=0.26-0.92).

"These findings show that a brief intervention to train HIV providers to identify risk and provide a prevention message results in increased prevention conversations and significantly reduced the mean number of sexual partners reported by HIV-positive patients," the investigators concluded.

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Excerpted from:
Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes
12.15.2010; Vol. 55; No. 5: P. 572-581; Carol Dawson Rose, Ph.D., R.N.; Cari Courtenay-Quirk, Ph.D.; Kelly Knight, Ph.D.; Starley B. Shade, Ph.D.; Eric Vittinghoff, Ph.D.; Cynthia Gomez, Ph.D.; Paula J. Lum, M.D., M.P.H.; Oliver Bacon, M.D.; Grant Colfax, M.D.




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