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Increased Exposure to an HIV Risk Reduction Protocol Associated with a Reduction in Drug Abuse Severity.

Poster presented at the College on Problems of Drug Dependence (CPDD) annual meeting, San Juan, Puerto Rico, June 14-19, 2008.

Louise F. Haynes, MSW (Lexington/Richland Alcohol and Drug Abuse Council, SC Node), Rickey E. Carter, PhD (Medical University of South Carolina, SC Node), Amy E. Herrin (Medical University of South Carolina, SC Node), Donald Calsyn, PhD (Alcohol & Drug Abuse Institute, University of Washington, PN Node)

Previously, protocol CTN-0018 researchers reported that men in substance abuse (SA) treatment randomized to a five-session HIV prevention intervention ("Real Men Are Safe" (REMAS)) reduced their sexual risk more than men randomized to a single-session intervention. For the purpose of this research, the association of the number of HIV prevention sessions attended with reductions in risky sexual behavior (RSB) and ASI composite scores was examined for those participants randomized to the five-session intervention. The researchers hypothesized that participants who reduce their drug use will be more likely to reduce risky sexual behavior and that the number of HIV prevention sessions attended would enhance the effect. The data suggests that an overall reduction in RSB and drug ASI composite scores was associated with increased exposure to the REMAS intervention. Further research is needed to examine if reductions in RSB are linked to reductions in incident cases of HIV and other STDs and to better understand the potential confounding effects of a participant's willingness to remain in treatment, since those who attended more sessions may have been more highly motivated to change than those who did not attend as many sessions. (Poster, PowerPoint slides, English, 2008)

Keywords: Addiction Severity Index-Lite (ASI-Lite) | Assessment | Condom use | Gender-specific interventions | HIV/AIDS | Sexual risk behavior | Sexually transmitted diseases | College on Problems of Drug Dependence (CPDD) annual meeting, 2008

Document No: 414

Submitted by Louise Haynes, MSW (2/11/2010).

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