Translating an effective group- based hiv prevention program to a program delivered primarily by a computer: Methods and outcomes

Josefina J. Card, Tamara Kuhn, Julie Solomon, Tabitha A. Benner, Gina M. Wingood, Ralph DiClemente

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We describe development of SAHARA (SISTAS Accessing HIV/AIDS Resources At-a-click), an innovative HIV prevention program that uses a computer to deliver an updated version of SiSTA, a widely used, effective group-level HIV prevention intervention for African American women ages 18-29. Fidelity to SiSTA's core components was achieved using: (1) video clips featuring group discussions and modeling of appropriate sexual- and contraceptive-related behavior; and (2) interactive Flash modules facilitating cognitive rehearsal, providing learning experiences through games and quizzes, and providing opportunities for simulated role-play. A preliminary outcome study of SAHARA conducted at Planned Parenthood, Atlanta, found that SAHARA, when followed by a brief 20-minute wrap-up group session facilitated by a health educator, was effective in promoting consistent condom use for vaginal sex. We discuss the potential advantages and challenges of an intervention like SAHARA delivered by computer to an individual, versus one like SiSTA delivered by a health educator to a small group.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)159-174
Number of pages16
JournalAIDS Education and Prevention
Volume23
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - May 9 2011

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Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome
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Health Educators
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quiz
role play
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family planning
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Condoms
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Translating an effective group- based hiv prevention program to a program delivered primarily by a computer : Methods and outcomes. / Card, Josefina J.; Kuhn, Tamara; Solomon, Julie; Benner, Tabitha A.; Wingood, Gina M.; DiClemente, Ralph.

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Card, Josefina J. ; Kuhn, Tamara ; Solomon, Julie ; Benner, Tabitha A. ; Wingood, Gina M. ; DiClemente, Ralph. / Translating an effective group- based hiv prevention program to a program delivered primarily by a computer : Methods and outcomes. In: AIDS Education and Prevention. 2011 ; Vol. 23, No. 2. pp. 159-174.
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