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AIDS Educ Prev. 2006 Aug;18(4 Suppl A):161-70.

Enhancing adoption of evidence-based HIV interventions: promotion of a suite of HIV prevention interventions for African American women.

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  • 1Department of Behavioral Science and Health Education and the Center for AIDS Research, Emory University, Atlanta, GA 30322, USA. gwingoo@sph.emory.edu


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) currently promotes an HIV prevention intervention for young adult African American women, known as SISTA, through the Diffusion of Effective Behavioral Interventions (DEBI) program. Nationally, more than 700 agencies have completed a 1-week CDC-funded training to implement SISTA. Agencies that have been trained in SISTA are also eligible to receive training in a newly published HIV prevention intervention for African American adolescent females, known as SiHLE (Sistering, Informing, Healing, Living, and Empowering), as well as to receive training in a newly published prevention intervention for women living with HIV, known as WiLLOW (Women Involved in Life Learning From Other Women). All three of these HIV prevention interventions, target African American females, are designed to reduce HIV sexual risk behaviors and share similar theoretical, core, and methodological elements. The diffusion of innovation paradigm suggests that if potential adopters perceive one innovation as being closely related to another innovation, it may be useful to promote a cluster of innovations, rather than to treat each new innovation separately. This article examines how promotion of a suite of HIV interventions for African American females may facilitate adoption of the three evidence-based HIV interventions for this population.

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