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Health Improvement Project for Ladies (HIP Ladies): A Pilot HIV Prevention Intervention with Black College Women

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Rasheeta Chandler, PhD, MS, ARNP, FNP-BC, College of Nursing, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL
Adedoyin Shittu, M.B.B.S, College of Public Health; Department of Environmental and Occupational Health, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL
Henry Ross, BS, College of Nursing; College of Public Health, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL
Celia Lescano, PhD, Department of Mental Health Law & Policy Co-Director/USF Center for HIV Education and Research College of Behavioral & Community Sciences, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL
Dianne Morrison-Beedy, PhD, RN, College of Nursing, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL
purpose: African American (AA) women are disproportionately affected by HIV, accounting for the majority of new HIV infections among women.  In addition, AA women ages 18-24 have higher rates of STI acquisition, unintended pregnancies, and are almost five times more likely to have had an abortion, than white women. The purpose of this study was to test the efficacy of a manualized HIV prevention intervention with Black college women.

method: A pilot randomized control trial was conducted with Black women between the ages of 18-24 (x=21 intervention; x=20 control) who were enrolled as either part- or full-time students at a southern Traditionally White Institution (TWI) [n=36] and a southern HBCU [n=36] campus. Participants were randomized to either a HIV risk reduction or health promotion group. Audio-assisted, computer-based surveys were used to collect data at enrollment (baseline) and within 2 weeks of program completion.

results: Participation in the HIV prevention intervention group was associated with positive changes in the study outcomes of interest. There was a significant increase in HIV knowledge (p<0.000); social norms (p=0.03); Behavioral intentions (p=0.05); and future time perspective (p=.01) were significantly improved in the intervention group compared to the control group.

conclusions:  Randomized HIV prevention intervention group participants reported increased HIV knowledge, behavioral intentions for safer sex practices, and greater optimism in regards to their future. Subsequent studies will test this content in a larger sample, using electronic delivery modalities.

Learning Areas:

Diversity and culture
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Public health or related research
Social and behavioral sciences

Learning Objectives:
Identify specific outcomes that were significant in the different HIV measures used in the study To promote more awareness on the need for more HIV intervention studies on a larger scale

Keyword(s): Women and HIV/AIDS, Prevention

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have been the principal and co-principal of several federally funded grants focusing on HIV prevention in Black College Students.
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.