Telephone-administered motivational interviewing and behavioral skills training to reduce risky sexual behavior in HIV-positive late middle-age and older adults

Travis I. Lovejoy, Timothy G. Heckman

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Abstract

By 2014, 50% of all persons living with HIV/AIDS in the U.S. will be 50. years of age or older. An estimated 13% to 30% of HIV-positive older adults continue to engage in risky sexual behaviors that risk HIV transmission. Project SAFER, a large pilot randomized controlled trial, evaluated telephone-administered motivational interviewing and behavioral skills training to reduce sexual risk behavior in HIV-positive, urban-dwelling late middle-age and older adults. The intervention consists of 4 weekly integrated motivational interviewing and behavioral skills training sessions delivered by a mental health clinician over the telephone. This paper highlights study procedures and intervention outcomes. The primary focus, however, is a detailed description of the 4-session intervention with sample counselor-client dialogue that is thematically emblematic of topics addressed in the intervention. We conclude with lessons learned conducting telephone-administered motivational interviewing and behavioral skills training with HIV-positive late middle-age and older adults.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)224-236
Number of pages13
JournalCognitive and Behavioral Practice
Volume21
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2014

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Keywords

  • Behavioral skills training
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Motivational interviewing
  • Older adults
  • Risky sexual behavior

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology

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