News Release
 

July 16, 2010

CONTACT: Kim Guenther
215-662-6183
kim.guenther@uphs.upenn.edu

Penn Medicine - University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and University of Pennsylvania Health System


This release is available online at
http://www.uphs.upenn.edu/news/News_Releases/2010/07/couples-focused-hiv-prevention/

Couple-Focused Intervention Appears Effective in Reducing HIV Risk Behaviors Among African Americans, Says Penn Study

Research by John B. Jemmott III, PhD, professor in Penn's School of Medicine and Annenberg School for Communication, and colleagues found that a couples-based sexual risk reduction intervention increased rates of condom use and reduced rates of unprotected sex among African American couples. The multi-center site studied couples in which one person was HIV positive and the other person was not, to see if an intervention could effectively minimize risky behavior. The study is posted online, in advance of its upcoming presentation at the International AIDS Conference in Vienna, Austria, and will appear in the September 27 print issue of Archives of Internal Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals.

For more information, see the JAMA/Archives press release.
http://pubs.ama-assn.org/media/2010a/0712.dtl#1

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