Adaptation of a Couple-Based HIV/STI Prevention Intervention for Latino Men who have Sex with Men in New York City
Monday, November 2, 2015
: 10:50 a.m. - 11:10 a.m.
Predominantly Spanish-speaking Latino men who have sex with men (MSM) and their same-sex partners continue to be at high risk for HIV and STIs. Incorporating cultural factors influences the effectiveness of couple-based HIV/STI prevention interventions designed for recently-arrived immigrants or predominantly Spanish-speaking populations. Connect ‘n Unite (CNU), an evidence-based HIV/STI prevention intervention originally created for Black MSM and their same-sex partners, was adapted for predominantly Spanish-speaking Latino MSM and their same-sex partners. A systematic adaptation process utilizing qualitative methods was used, including intervention adaptation sessions with 20 predominantly Spanish-speaking Latino gay couples and 10 health service providers. The process included five steps: (1) engaging community stakeholders, (2) capturing the lived experiences of Latino gay couples, (3) identifying intervention priorities, (4) integrating the original intervention’s social cognitive theory into a relationship-oriented, ecological framework for Latino gay couples, and finally (5) adapting intervention activities and materials. The adapted intervention, which we called Latinos en Pareja, incorporates elements that effective HIV prevention interventions share, including: a solid theoretical foundation and guidance on how to utilize available culturally and linguistically appropriate services. Considering the new biomedical advances and feedback from participants in the adaptation process, the intervention now includes biomedical prevention tools, STI testing, and social media platforms to further engage participants. The systematic adaptation approach used for a couple-based HIV prevention intervention can be similarly employed by other researchers and community stakeholders to adapt evidence-based interventions that promote wellness, linkage to care, and disease prevention for populations not originally targeted.
Assessment of individual and community needs for health education
Communication and informatics
Diversity and culture
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Social and behavioral sciences
Describe the demographic characteristics of a cohort of predominantly Spanish-speaking Latino MSM in NYC.
Discuss lived experiences of Latino gay couples.
Identify intervention priorities for Latino gay couples.
Describe the adaptation of a couple-based HIV/STI prevention intervention for Latino MSM in NYC.
Keyword(s): HIV Interventions, Evidence-Based Practice
Presenting author's disclosure statement:
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have 10 years of experiences conducting research in the realm of HIV and sexual health. Specifically, I have taught and conducted research around the sexual health needs of MSM and Latino men.
Any relevant financial relationships? No
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and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed
in my presentation.