Sources of HIV-prevention Information for Individuals at High Risk

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Objectives: To identify the best methods of reaching individuals at high risk with HIV-prevention messages. Methods: Data were collected from 827 men who have sex with men, injection drug users, sex workers, HIV+ individuals, heterosexuals, migrant workers, and perinatal women. Results: Over 70% of participants were exposed to HIV-prevention messages, but sources of exposure varied by risk group. Conclusions: Most methods examined were effective means of communicating prevention messages. As multifaceted approaches to intervention allow for more comprehensive dissemination, interventions can be tailored to the targeted risk group by using sources shown most effective for each group.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5993/AJHB.25.6.4

Affiliations: 1: Department of Psychology, Center for Rural Health and Social Service Development 2: Center for Rural Health and Social Service Development 3: Department of Health Education, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL. 4: Department of Health Care Professions, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL.

Publication date: November 1, 2001

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