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Telephone interventions increased healthy sexual behaviors in teens

August 27, 2014

Brief telephone counseling sustained long-term impact from an STI and HIV intervention program from the CDC among black adolescent girls, according to study findings in JAMA Pediatrics.

Ralph J. DiClemente, PhD, of the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University in Atlanta, and colleagues randomized 701 black girls aged 14 to 20 years to receive HORIZONS, a CDC-defined evidence-based STI and HIV intervention for black adolescent girls, plus supplemental telephone counseling following the intervention or HORIZONS plus telephone counseling on general health information. Study participants were from three clinics that provided sexual health services in Atlanta and had at least one episode of unprotected vaginal sex in the past 6 months. Supplemental treatment consisted of a telephone conversation every 8 weeks for 36 months, totaling 18 telephone contacts during the study period.

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