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Health Improvement Project for Teens (HIP Teens)

Program Components

Program Objectives

The program seeks to reduce sexual risk behaviors among sexually-active adolescent girls by increasing knowledge of HIV/STIs, increasing motivation to reduce sexual-risk, and providing behavioral skill development, including negotiation, communication, decision-making, and condom use skills. By the end of the intervention, participants have developed and practiced a broad menu of risk reduction strategies.


Program Content

This evidence-based intervention is theoretically-driven by the Information - Motivation - Behavioral Skills (IMB) model. Participants receive information about HIV and risk reduction, increase readiness to reduce risk behaviors, and practice interpersonal and self-management skills to reduce sexual risk behaviors and increase condom use.

Component 1: Intervention Sessions. The 4 sessions cover the following topics:
Session 1: Adolescents identify values and develop future time perspective, learn about HIV and risk reduction, analyze their own relationships and behaviors, and skills practice and role play with assertive communication and negotiation.
Session 2: Participants discuss the risks involved in sexual activity, learn about safer versus less safe behaviors, increase motivation to reduce risk, develop strategies for behavior change and communication through role plays, and identify a menu of choices that may lead to healthier sexual behavior including abstinence and condom use.
Session 3: Participants discuss the role of goal setting in changing behavior, receive information and practice correct condom use, build upon communication skills through video clip role plays and how to identify triggers than can lead to unsafe sexual behaviors.
Session 4: Adolescents identify long-term life goals, practice using assertive communication, review important risk reduction information from previous sessions, discuss plans and motivation for avoiding risks and achieving healthy behaviors.

Component 2: Booster Sessions. These 90-minute sessions are designed as "reunion" sessions for the groups and intended to reinforce program messages and skills.



Program Methods

The sessions involve games, interactive group activities, video clips, and role plays, that progress from practicing basic skills to more complex topics, building social norms and drawing on participants' experiences.  Methods are continually reviewed to ensure that the activities and content are culturally and developmentally appropriate, LGBTQ-inclusive, trauma-informed, and medically accurate.