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Safer Sex Intervention (SSI)

Program Components

Program Objectives

The intervention's primary objective is to reduce risky sexual behaviors and reduce HIV and other STI infections by increasing participants' knowledge of condoms, HIV and STIs, pregnancy, and abstinence.  

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Program Content

SSI draws upon Social Cognitive Theory, the Transtheoretical Model of Behavior Change, and motivational interviewing models. The sessions are designed to be conducted at the time of an STI diagnosis or treatment, when the participant is most likely to be thinking about her diagnosis relative to sexual risk behaviors.

There are two SSI curricula - Precontemplation Stage and Contemplation Stage. The Precontemplation version focuses on risk perception, motivation, education, and skills building. The Contemplation version focuses on education, skills, self-efficacy, and self-esteem. The participant self-assesses her level of risk using a Wheel of Change assessment, which helps the facilitator determine which curriculum to deliver.

Although the education sessions are tailored based on the participant's feedback and stated priorities, all consist of discussion on the consequences of sexual risk behaviors and methods for preventing pregnancy and STIs such as secondary abstinence and consistent condom use. The sessions teach condom use and negotiation skills.

After the initial session, there are three booster sessions to:

  • Reassess the participant's risk level
  • Discuss sexual history
  • Review the video
  • Review program materials

Participants are given condoms, a condom key chain, a Proud Pete booklet, and written materials.

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Program Methods

The program is delivered through individual education sessions that incorporate discussion, role play (in the Contemplation curriculum, optional in the Precontemplation curriculum), condom demonstration, and video.

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