Revising Real Men Are Safe for an Ethnically Diverse Group of Men

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Protocol CTN-0018, “Reducing HIV/STD Risk Behaviors: A Research Study for Men in Drug Abuse Treatment,” evaluated an HIV prevention intervention targeting men in substance abuse treatment called “Real Men Are Safe” (REMAS).  REMAS was found to be effective at reducing the number of unprotected sexual occasions for men in substance abuse treatment compared to an HIV education control intervention.

Using a modified Delphi process, Pacific Northwest Node researchers Don Calsyn, Mary Hatch-Maillette, Jerika Wilson, and colleagues compared modules from REMAS to similar-content modules from other CDC-approved, culturally tailored HIV prevention interventions.  Utilizing ratings and recommendations from an independent expert panel, REMAS was subsequently revised to be more culturally relevant to an ethnically diverse group of men.  This article in AIDS Education and Prevention describes the revisions made to REMAS in this CTN ancillary study, including an added focus on how culture, social norms, and upbringing affect a man’s sexual behavior and relationships.

Citation:  Calsyn DA, Burlew AK, Hatch-Maillette MA, Wilson J, Beadnesll B, Wright L.  Real Men Are Safe-Culturally Adapted: Utilizing the Delphi Process to Revise Real Men Are Safe for an Ethnically Diverse Group of Men in Substance Abuse Treatment.  AIDS Education and Prevention 2012;24(2):117-131.


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