Archive for October, 2009

Sexual Risk Reduction for Men and Women in Substance Abuse Treatment: New CTN Manuals Published

October 28, 2009

Two CTN studies involving researchers and community treatment providers in the Pacific NW Node, in conjunction with programs in other states, have produced manuals that guide clinicians in the implementation of evidence-based interventions for reducing sexual risk behavior among men and women in substance abuse treatment.  Evergreen Treatment Services (Seattle) participated in both studies.

Don Calsyn, PhD (ADAI) was the lead investigator for CTN-0018, Reducing HIV/STD Risk Behaviors: A Research Study for Men in Drug Abuse Treatment.  The manual Real Men Are Safe (REMAS): A Gender-Focused HIV and Sexual Risk Reduction Intervention for Men in Substance Abuse Treatment is a five-session, group-delivered intervention package designed to help clients in substance abuse treatment reduce their HIV risk.  Outcomes from CTN-0018 found that the this motivational and skills training HIV intervention was associated with greater sexual risk reduction than a standard HIV education session, suggesting that substance abuse treatment programs can help reduce sexual risk among their patients by providing not only information, but also practice skills.

Directed by Susan Tross, PhD in New York, CTN-0019 led to the development of the manual, Safer Sex Skills Building: A Manual for HIV/STD Safer Sex Skills Groups for Women in Outpatient Substance Abuse Treatment.  This is also a five-session intervention package, focusing on the importance of changing high-risk behaviors and teaching women the social and technical skills necessary to keep them from engaging in these high-risk behaviors, including skills intended to help women protect themselves from partner abuse as the potential result of assertiveness around safer sex.

The manuals were formatted for publication by CTN Dissemination Librarian Meg Brunner (PN Node), and are now available to download for free from the Library’s web site. The manuals come with slides for flip charts used in the interventions, and a participants’ workbook is provided with the women’s manual. Questions about either manual may be directed to the developers.