180642 Translating Research into Practice: STI/HIV Risk-Reduction Interventions in Clinical Practice Settings

Monday, October 27, 2008

Loretta S. Jemmott, PhD, RN, FAAN , School of Nursing, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
John B. Jemmott, PhD , Annenberg School of Communication, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
M. Katherine Hutchinson, PhD, RN , College of Nursing, New York University, New York, NY
Julie A. Cederbaum, PhD, MSW, MPH , School of Social Work, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
Ann O'Leary, PhD , Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA
Issues: African American women, particularly those who live in inner-city areas, experience disproportionately high rates of STIs, including HIV. As there are currently no preventive vaccines for HIV and most STIs, prevention efforts must focus on behavioral risk reduction. Thus, culturally tailored interventions for African American women are needed to reduce their incidence of STIs, including HIV.

Description: One place to intervene with inner-city African American women is in primary care settings. Primary care settings have the potential to reach a wide range of women, including those who may not proactively seek STI/HIV prevention services. However, in order to be feasible for use in clinical settings, STI/HIV risk-reduction interventions must be brief and easily adapted for use with diverse clients in varied practice environments.

Lessons Learned: To date, few brief STI/HIV prevention interventions have been designed for use with African American women in primary care settings. Only one of these, the "Sister to Sister: Respect Yourself! Protect Yourself! Because You Are Worth It!" intervention, has demonstrated effectiveness in reducing sexual risk behaviors and STI incidence.

Recommendations: This presentation will describe this 20-minute, one-on-one, nurse-led intervention for African American women and discusses considerations for its implementation in primary care and other clinical settings.

Learning Objectives:
1. To describe a brief, effective HIV sexual risk reduction intervention 2. To discusses considerations for its implementation in primary care and other clinical settings

Keywords: Prevention, Primary Care

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Was a contributing author on the manuscript which is currently in press
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.