In a previous report (Calsyn et al, 2009), the effectiveness of the Real Men Are Safe (REMAS) intervention in reducing the number of occasions of unprotected sex among male patients in drug abuse treatment was demonstrated. A secondary aim of REMAS was to reduce the frequency with which men engage in sex while under the influence (SUI) of drugs or alcohol.
This new article in the journal Addiction, written by Pacific Northwest Node researchers Donald Calsyn, Mary Hatch-Maillette, and Suzanne Doyle, as well as other CTN colleagues, reports the outcomes of that secondary aim, finding that REMAS, an intensive skills-based HIV prevention intervention, was indeed associated with greater reduction in the frequency of SUI among men in substance abuse treatment compared to standard HIV education at the 3-month follow-up.
Citation: Calsyn DA, Crits-Christoph P, Hatch-Maillette MA, Doyle SR, Song YS, Coyer S, Pelta S. Reducing sex under the influence of drugs or alcohol for patients in substance abuse treatment. Addiction 2010;105(1):100-108. [doi: 10.1111/j.1360-0443.2009.02812.x]