The 131st Annual Meeting (November 15-19, 2003) of APHA

The 131st Annual Meeting (November 15-19, 2003) of APHA

3075.0: Monday, November 17, 2003 - Board 5

Abstract #66505

Peer-to-Peer: Stop, think, be safe! Evaluation results of an STD prevention intervention for African American youth

Hendi Crosby Kowal, MPH, CHES, Shakira Daugherty, MPH, CHES, Susanna Nemes, PhD, and Salvatore Libretto, PhD. Danya International, Inc., 8737 Colesville Road, Suite 1200, Silver Spring, MD 20910, 301-565-2142,

Every year, an estimated 3 million teens are infected with an STD. African American adolescents have consistently higher rates of HIV and other STDs than their non-minority peers; African American youth comprise over 60% of HIV infections among youth aged 13-24. Danya International, with funding from CDC, developed and evaluated the Peer to Peer: Stop, Think, Be Safe! STD prevention intervention, consisting of a video, a facilitator’s guide, and a website. The video was developed by working closely with a team of African American youth. Fisher and Fisher’s (1992) model of AIDS-risk reduction and CDC’s Factors Influencing Behavior Change also informed program development. An outcome evaluation examined increases in knowledge, positive attitudes, and healthful intentions, as well as health-seeking behavior change. Two intervention groups (a video-only group and a video + 5 skills-building sessions group) were compared with a control group. Evaluation activities were conducted in eight public charter schools in Washington, DC. Data was collected pre-intervention, post-intervention, and at one month follow-up. Preliminary analyses indicate participants’ knowledge and positive attitudes increased in both intervention groups.

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Keywords: Adolescent Health, STD Prevention

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Presenting author's disclosure statement:
I have a significant financial interest/arrangement or affiliation with any organization/institution whose products or services are being discussed in this session.
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Risk Taking and Sexual Behavior

The 131st Annual Meeting (November 15-19, 2003) of APHA