The Impact of Violence and Power on an HIV Behavioral Intervention for Methamphetamine using Women
This mixed methods study examines 1) the effect of recent intimate partner violence (IPV) and sexual relationship power differentials on the sexual risk behaviors of HIV-negative heterosexual methamphetamine-using women enrolled in the intervention arm of an HIV behavioral intervention and 2) whether cognitive mediators (e.g., condom use self-efficacy and outcome expectancies) mediate the relationship between recent IPV and sexual relationship power and sexual risk behaviors. The project aims to also qualitatively characterize how the context of IPV and sexual relationship power differentials affect the adoption of safer sex behaviors during and after participation in the HIV behavioral intervention. Findings from this research will facilitate the development, implementation, and evaluation of an HIV prevention intervention that concurrently addresses gender-based issues, HIV and drug use, in the context of female empowerment.
*Funded by the National Institutes of Health
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