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Addiction. 2008 Sep;103(9):1474-83. doi: 10.1111/j.1360-0443.2008.02251.x. Epub 2008 Jul 10.

Mitigating risky sexual behaviors among Russian narcology hospital patients: the PREVENT (Partnership to Reduce the Epidemic Via Engagement in Narcology Treatment) randomized controlled trial.

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  • 1Department of Medicine, Section of General Internal Medicine, Clinical Addiction Research and Education (CARE) Unit, Boston University School of Medicine/Boston Medical Center, 801 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, MA 02118, USA. jsamet@bu.edu

Abstract

AIM:

To assess the effectiveness of a sexual risk reduction intervention in the Russian narcology hospital setting.

DESIGN, SETTING AND PARTICIPANTS:

This was a randomized controlled trial from October 2004 to December 2005 among patients with alcohol and/or heroin dependence from two narcology hospitals in St Petersburg, Russia.

INTERVENTION:

Intervention subjects received two personalized sexual behavior counseling sessions plus three telephone booster sessions. Control subjects received usual addiction treatment, which did not include sexual behavior counseling. All received a research assessment and condoms at baseline.

MEASUREMENTS:

Primary outcomes were percentage of safe sex episodes (number of times condoms were used / by number of sexual episodes) and no unprotected sex (100% condom use or abstinence) during the previous 3 months, assessed at 6 months.

FINDINGS:

Intervention subjects reported higher median percentage of safe sex episodes (unadjusted median difference 12.7%; P = 0.01; adjusted median difference 23%, P = 0.07); a significant difference was not detected for the outcome no unprotected sex in the past 3 months [unadjusted odds ratio (OR) 1.6, 95% confidence interval (CI) 0.8-3.1; adjusted OR 1.5, 95% CI 0.7-3.3].

CONCLUSIONS:

Among Russian substance-dependent individuals, sexual behavior counseling during addiction treatment should be considered as one potential component of efforts to decrease risky sexual behaviors in this HIV at-risk population.

PMID:
18636998
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PMCID:
PMC2588416
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