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Client Responses to Video-Based Communication Skills Training Involving PrEP for HIV: Tailoring an Individual Sexual Health Intervention for Sexual Minority Men in Relationships.

Authors
  • Cain, Demetria1, 2
  • Sauermilch, Daniel3
  • Starks, Tyrel J4, 5
  • 1 Department of Psychology, Hunter College, City University of New York, New York, NY, USA. [email protected].
  • 2 Department of Psychology, Hunter College, City University of New York, 142 W. 36Th Street, 9Th Floor, New York, NY, 10018, USA. [email protected].
  • 3 Department of Psychology, Long Island University (Brooklyn), Brooklyn, NY, USA.
  • 4 Department of Psychology, Hunter College, City University of New York, New York, NY, USA.
  • 5 Graduate Program in Health Psychology and Clinical Practice, Graduate Center, City University of New York, New York, NY, USA.
Type
Published Article
Journal
AIDS and Behavior
Publisher
Springer-Verlag
Publication Date
Aug 01, 2023
Volume
27
Issue
8
Pages
2463–2477
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1007/s10461-023-03985-6
PMID: 36658446
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

For many partnered sexual minority men (SMM), PrEP decisions are shaped by their relationships. Recent innovations in HIV risk reduction interventions tailored for partnered SMM include the integration of video-based communication skill building. The purpose of the current study was to examine the responses of 37 SMM in relationships with cismale partners to understand how actual or anticipated conversations between partners may influence PrEP decision making. Results suggested an individual intervention has the ability to elicit detailed content about interactions between partners. When SMM anticipated being in agreement with their partner about PrEP, they described few challenges to discussing HIV prevention. In contrast, when SMM anticipated relationship-related concerns about PrEP, they also anticipated conversations with their partner would be challenging and likely to involve conflict. This often-diminished SMM's motivation to engage partners and develop shared HIV-prevention goals. These SMM may benefit from integrated communications skills building to overcome challenges and work collaboratively with partners around PrEP use. © 2023. The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer Science+Business Media, LLC, part of Springer Nature.

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