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HIV/AIDS

23 January 2014

HIV intervention aimed at SA men a success

A large-scale human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) intervention/education effort aimed at South African men has proven successful.

EurekAlert

A large-scale human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) intervention/education effort aimed at helping South African men take a proactive role in the prevention of that disease has proven successful, an important development considering that country has the largest number of HIV infections in the world.

The intervention sessions involved rituals such as beginning with a “Circle of Men", which enabled all participants, regardless of age or economic status, to develop stronger bonds. Additional components of the HIV/STI prevention included a video magazine, “The Subject Is: HIV”, addressing the impact of the disease in South Africa; a video drama “Eiyish!”, addressing dangers of multiple partners and the failure to use condoms; take-home assignments; and in-class role-playing to increase the discussion and ultimately the use of condoms.

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heterosexual exposure is a dominant mode of HIV transmission is well established,” the authors write in the article.

They stressed the need for additional research to strengthen the impact of intervention programs.

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