264775 Innovative HIV prevention curriculum infused in peer-led youth camp to address HIV stigma & youth development in S. Africa Pilot Program Evaluation

Monday, October 29, 2012 : 1:30 PM - 1:45 PM

Su-I. Hou, DrPH, CPH, MCHES, RN , Department of Health Promotion and Behavior, College of Public Health, University of Georgia, Athens, GA
Powell Gwynn, PhD , Department of Counseling and Human Development Services, University of Georgia, Athens, GA
Philip Lilienthal , President & Founder, Global Camps Africa, Reston, VA
Emily Crowder , Executive Director, Global Camps Africa, Reston, VA
Introduction: This study pilot tested an innovative HIV prevention program delivered via a 10-day youth camp in S. Africa to address HIV testing and stigma perceptions, as well as youth development skills including goal-orientation, resilience, & locus of control. Methods: Disadvantaged youths who were at high risk of HIV/AIDS were identified and recruited through the local school leadership. With the partnership with a regional certified NGO providing HIV services, this camp program infused HIV prevention curriculum with fun games and activities through a youth-led camp program. Previously validated scales on HIV testing and youth development were measured in the baseline and post-camp surveys. Results: A total of 80 campers participated. The average age was 17.77 (SD=1.57) years, half were males, and 47% personally knew someone with HIV/AIDS. Half were sexually active and 60% were heterosexual. At post- camp, campers perceived lower HIV stigma towards testing (3-item), higher testing benefits (3-item), and lower perceived HIV risk (3-item) (all p<.05). In addition, campers scored higher on goal-orientation (6-item), resilience (14-item), and locus-of-control (28-item) scales (all p<.05). Campers were more likely to disagree HIV as a punishment for things they had done or thought people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) were not as good as others. Discrimination towards PLWHA was also significantly decreased, so did disclosure concerns and worries. Conclusion: Pilot evaluation showed the infusion of innovative HIV curriculum to peer-led youth camp had promising impact on HIV testing, stigma and disclosure, as well as youth resilience and locus-of-control.

Learning Areas:
Conduct evaluation related to programs, research, and other areas of practice
Diversity and culture
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Other professions or practice related to public health

Learning Objectives:
At the conclusion of the session, the participant (learner) in this session will be able to: 1. Describe the benefit of infusing HIV prevention curriculum using peer-led camp among disadvantaged youths. 2. Discuss the impact of this innovative camp HIV intervention program on HIV testing, stigma and disclosure, and youth development among youths in S. Africa. 3. Discuss the implication and potential use of camp setting and mechanism for health promotion intervention program development and delivery among youths.

Keywords: Adolescents, International, HIV/AIDS

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I serve as an evaluation consultant for this program.
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.

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