A South African Couple-Based HIV Prevention Program: Preliminary Evidence of the Long-Term Effects

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Focus Areas: Health & Wellness

The goal of our study was to provide qualitative data on the long-term effects of a couple-based HIV prevention program, the Couples Health Co-Op (CHC), in South Africa. Qualitative focus group discussions were conducted with nonrandomly selected Black South African men (n = 27) and women (n = 23) who had participated in the Couples Health Co-Op 4 to 6 years prior to our study. The study evaluated: (a) salient content and skills learned, (b) long-term changes and challenges, and (c) recommendations for intervention improvement. Findings revealed (a) communication/problem-solving, safe sexual behaviors, and negative effects of alcohol were most salient; (b) long-term changes occurred in communication and healthier sexual behavior; alcohol use remained challenging; and (c) participants recommended continuing the couple format and suggested targeting teenage couples. We offer preliminary evidence of the strengths and weaknesses of the Couples Health Co-Op and provide a basis for future studies to build on these results

Belus, J. M., D. H. Baucom, T. Carney, E. A. Carrino and W. M. Wechsberg (2019). "A South African Couple-Based HIV Prevention Program: Preliminary Evidence of the Long-Term Effects." J Assoc Nurses AIDS Care 30(6): 648-657.

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Wendee Wechsberg

“We must listen to the communities, the local people, to understand culturally what is going to fit and what is going to be the language of the research, and not just say we know what to do here.”