An intervention that focused on positive parenting and
reducing sexual risk behaviors may make a dent in the HIV rates in Hispanic
populations, according to a study published online.
Guillermo Prado, PhD, and colleagues of the
department of epidemiology and public health, Miller School of Medicine,
University of Miami, looked at data on 242 delinquent 12- to 17-year-old
Hispanics who were enrolled in the Miami-Dade County juvenile justice system or
the public school system.
The researchers randomly assigned 120 participants to
Familias Unidas, which is a program designed to reduce risk behaviors through
family communication, and 122 participants to a community practice control
Compared with community practices, Familias Unidas
was efficacious in increasing condom use during vaginal and anal sex during the
past 90 days, reducing the number of days adolescents were under the influence
of drugs or alcohol and had sex without a condom, reducing sexual partners, and
preventing unprotected anal sex at the last sexual intercourse, the
Prado and colleagues also noted improvements in
parents self-reported measures of family interaction, including
communication with their child and positive parenting.
Disclosure: The researchers report no relevant