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Title: Feasibility and acceptability of Project Connect: A couples-based HIV-risk reduction intervention among young couples in Johannesburg, South Africa
Contributor(s): Pettifor, Audrey (author); MacPhail, Catherine  (author)orcid ; Nguyen, Nadia (author); Rosenberg, Molly (author); Parker, Lisa (author); Sibeko, Jabu (author)
Publication Date: 2014
Open Access: Yes
DOI: 10.1080/09540121.2013.841827Open Access Link
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Abstract: Given the importance of couples to the transmission of HIV, interventions focusing on both members of a partnership can play an important role in its prevention. We adapted and pilot-tested Project Connect, an evidence-based HIV prevention intervention for couples, to determine its acceptability and feasibility among a sample of young urban South African couples. We recruited couples from a clinic in inner-city Johannesburg to take part in the study. Interviewer-administered questionnaires were conducted at baseline and post intervention; an in-depth interview (IDI) was also conducted post intervention. Of 75 couples screened, 15 were eligible and enrolled. An important reason for ineligibility was a recent history of intimate partner violence (IPV). Couples attended, on average, five of the seven sessions. Overall, the intervention was acceptable and showed signs of potential efficacy. Couples reported enjoying Connect and feeling comfortable with its content. Participants also reported learning important communication and problem-solving skills, which resulted in more effective engagement in HIV prevention behaviors. However, the number of sessions and strict eligibility criteria proved challenging to the feasibility of the study. We recommend future couples' interventions have fewer sessions and enroll couples with a history of IPV.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: AIDS Care, 26(4), p. 476-482
Publisher: Routledge
Place of Publication: United Kingdom
ISSN: 1360-0451
Field of Research (FOR): 111706 Epidemiology
111716 Preventive Medicine
111712 Health Promotion
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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