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Cult Health Sex. 2014;16(5):533-46. doi: 10.1080/13691058.2014.891049. Epub 2014 Apr 4.

Development and preliminary evaluation of a behavioural HIV-prevention programme for teenage girls of Latino descent in the USA.

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a Institute of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Medical University of South Carolina , Charleston , USA.


National data suggests that teenage girls of Latino descent in the USA are disproportionately affected by HIV, with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reporting the rate of new infections being approximately four times higher compared to White women of comparable age . This paper highlights the need for an effective single-sex HIV-prevention programme for teenage girls of Latino descent and describes the development and preliminary evaluation of Chicas Healing, Informing, Living and Empowering (CHILE), a culturally-tailored, HIV-prevention programme exclusively for teenage girls of Latino descent that was adapted from Sisters Informing, Healing, Living and Empowering (SiHLE), an evidence-based HIV- prevention program that is culturally tailored for African American young women. Theatre testing, a pre-testing methodology to assess consumer response to a demonstration of a product, was utilised to evaluate the relevance and utility of the HIV programme as well as opportunities for the integration of cultural constructs. Future directions for the evaluation of CHILE are discussed.


HIV; Latino; USA; prevention; young women

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