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Meta-Analysis of Single-Session Behavioral Interventions to Prevent Sexually Transmitted Infections: Implications for Bundling Prevention Packages


LA Eaton, TB Huedo-Medina, SC Kalichman, et al.

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Am. J. Public Health

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Evidence-based, single-session behavioral interventions are urgently needed for preventing the spread of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs). To estimate the efficacy of single-session, behavioral interventions for STI prevention, we collected data from 29 single-session interventions (20 studies; n = 52 465) with an STI outcome. Infection with an STI was 35% less likely (odds ratio = 0.65; 95% confidence interval = 0.55-0.77) among intervention group participants than among control group participants. Single-session interventions offer considerable benefits in terms of disease prevention and create minimal burden for both the patient and the provider. Brief and effective STI prevention interventions are a valuable tool and can be readily adapted to bolster the benefits of biomedical technologies focusing on the prevention of HIV and other STIs. (Am J Public Health. Published online ahead of print September 20, 2012: e1-e7. doi:10.2105/AJPH.2012.300968).




Behavior; Intervention; biomedical technologies


Created at 9/28/2012 11:26 AM by Davis, Gregory P
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