Yale University

Provider-initiated HIV Prevention and Sexual Health Promotion with Couples

Funder: Research Education Institute for Diverse Scholars (REIDS)
Project period: 02/01/2019 - 05/31/2020
Grant Type: Research

Abstract Text:

Couple-centered HIV prevention interventions are efficient and effective in facilitating behavior change and reducing HIV transmission. Such approaches enhance every phase of the HIV continuum from increasing HIV screening, to timely diagnosis of infection and retention in HIV care. Studies have also shown that provider-level factors influence patient engagement at every phase of the HIV care continuum. However, insight into US health provider-initiated couple-centered HIV prevention is lacking. To address this research gap, we propose a qualitative interpretive research design to gain health provider perspectives regarding: 1) providers’ considerations and couple- centered approaches to sexual health, 2) couples’ HIV testing and counseling as a specific couple-based intervention, and 3) an online eHealth HIV prevention toolkit as a patient engagement tool for couples. Findings from this proposed will inform the translation of evidence-based, couple-centered sexual health promotion in clinical practice.