Virco Lab launches HIV/AIDS EHR technology

March 29, 2016

Interventions were found to be more successful at improving condom use when social, cultural and economic barriers were addressed. Researchers also observed that, contrary to expectations, self-management training targeting risky sexual behavior did not significantly impact condom use one year after the initial intervention.

They also noted that participants were less likely to acquire STIs following the behavioral intervention if they were diagnosed with an STI or HIV at the time they entered the study. In addition, interventions were more successful at reducing the incidence of HIV when they sampled more Latinos. The authors note that, globally, Latinos are disproportionately affected by HIV and interventions targeting this group are urgently needed to prevent HIV infection in this population.

"HIV infections cost the United States billions of dollars annually," Scott-Sheldon says. "In the absence of an effective HIV vaccine, safer sexual practices and expanded prevention efforts are required to prevent new infections and reduce the burden of HIV. Translation and widespread dissemination of effective behavioral interventions within a wide range of population groups should be a high priority."

Source: Lifespan