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AIDS Care. 2000 Oct;12(5):603-12.

A gender-specific intervention for at-risk women in the USA.

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  • 1HIV Center for Clinical and Behavioral Studies, New York State Psychiatric Institute and Columbia University, New York, USA.


Women are the fastest growing group in the USA to become infected with HIV. Also, the mode of transmission is changing with heterosexual behaviour being the predominant source. As these changes occur, HIV infection becomes more common in women who have not typically been considered at high risk. This paper describes an intervention designed to decrease unsafe sexual encounters and to focus on a highly meaningful concern in the lives of these women: relationships with men. The sessions encouraged making decisions, choice, partner selection, sexual rights, refusal of any unwanted sex, female controlled methods and other elements of empowerment. An eight-session and a four-session curriculum were created to assess dose factors as well.

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