Opening up windows when clients keep closing doors: Key elements in engaging HIV-positive individuals in prevention interventions

Sheri B. Kirshenbaum, Rogerio M. Pinto, Jacequline Correale, Robert H. Remien, Risë B. Goldstein, Sheryl L Catz, Mallory O. Johnson, Steven F. Morin, Mary Jane Rotheraum-Borus, Anke A. Ehrhardt

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Abstract

As HIV prevention has become more focused on evidence-based interventions and service provision for people living with HIV (PLH), providers are faced with challenges engaging and retaining PLH in prevention programs. Lessons learned by intervention facilitators may assist service providers address these challenges. To this end, 12 facilitators of a randomized behavioral intervention, designed to reduce sexual risk among PLH, participated in qualitative feedback groups regarding the challenges engaging and retaining participants and strategies used to overcome barriers. Qualitative methods revealed key components to tailoring prevention programs to successfully engage PLH: making interventions personally relevant, teaching skills that can be applied to participants' life contexts, providing support and consistency, and challenging resistance to sexual behavior change.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5-28
Number of pages24
JournalJournal of HIV/AIDS and Social Services
Volume6
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 2007
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • HIV prevention
  • Prevention with positives
  • Retention
  • Service provision
  • Sexual behavior change

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development

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Kirshenbaum, S. B., Pinto, R. M., Correale, J., Remien, R. H., Goldstein, R. B., Catz, S. L., Johnson, M. O., Morin, S. F., Rotheraum-Borus, M. J., & Ehrhardt, A. A. (2007). Opening up windows when clients keep closing doors: Key elements in engaging HIV-positive individuals in prevention interventions. Journal of HIV/AIDS and Social Services, 6(3), 5-28. https://doi.org/10.1300/J187v06n03_02