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J Consult Clin Psychol. 1993 Apr;61(2):291-5.

Culturally tailored HIV-AIDS risk-reduction messages targeted to African-American urban women: impact on risk sensitization and risk reduction.

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Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health Sciences, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee 53226.


African-American women recruited from low-income housing projects in Chicago (N = 106) were randomly assigned to view 1 of 3 20-min videotapes: a standard public health service tape on prevention of acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS), the same public health service tape but matching presenter and participant ethnicity and sex, or a tape that included the same content but was framed in a context specifically intended to increase cultural relevance. Participants who viewed the tapes presented by African-American women were significantly more sensitized to AIDS and were more likely to have discussed AIDS with friends, to be tested for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) antibodies during the follow-up interval, and to request condoms at follow-up. These results support the use of culturally sensitive AIDS prevention messages targeted to specific populations, particularly to promote HIV-antibody testing.

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