A randomized controlled trial of an HIV prevention intervention for street-based female sex workers in Yerevan, Armenia

Preliminary evidence of efficacy

Karine Markosyan, Delia L. Lang, Laura F. Salazar, Ralph DiClemente, James W. Hardin, Nelli Darbinyan, Jesse B. Joseph, Marietta Khurshudyan

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Abstract

This study evaluated the efficacy of an HIV intervention among female sex workers (FSWs) randomized to an intervention or wait-list control. FSWs (N = 120) completed baseline, 3-and 6-month assessments. A health educator implemented 2-hour intervention emphasized gender-empowerment, self-efficacy to persuade clients to use condoms, condom application skills, and eroticizing safer sex. Over the 6-month follow-up, FSWs in the intervention reported more consistent condom use with clients (P =.004) and were more likely to apply condoms on clients (P =.0001). Intervention effects were observed for other psychosocial mediators of safer sex. Brief, gender and culturally congruent interventions can enhance HIV-preventive behaviors among FSWs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)530-537
Number of pages8
JournalAIDS and Behavior
Volume14
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2010

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Keywords

  • Armenia
  • Female sex workers
  • HIV prevention

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Infectious Diseases

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A randomized controlled trial of an HIV prevention intervention for street-based female sex workers in Yerevan, Armenia : Preliminary evidence of efficacy. / Markosyan, Karine; Lang, Delia L.; Salazar, Laura F.; DiClemente, Ralph; Hardin, James W.; Darbinyan, Nelli; Joseph, Jesse B.; Khurshudyan, Marietta.

In: AIDS and Behavior, Vol. 14, No. 3, 01.06.2010, p. 530-537.

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Markosyan, Karine ; Lang, Delia L. ; Salazar, Laura F. ; DiClemente, Ralph ; Hardin, James W. ; Darbinyan, Nelli ; Joseph, Jesse B. ; Khurshudyan, Marietta. / A randomized controlled trial of an HIV prevention intervention for street-based female sex workers in Yerevan, Armenia : Preliminary evidence of efficacy. In: AIDS and Behavior. 2010 ; Vol. 14, No. 3. pp. 530-537.
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