Poder Latino: A Community AIDS Prevention Program
for Inner-City Latino Youth
This multifaceted community-based intervention targets Latino youth, ages
14 to 20, at elevated risk for HIV/AIDS. One goal of the program is to increase
awareness of the disease by saturating target neighborhoods with public service
announcements broadcasting risk reduction messages. In addition, the program
aims to reduce infection by encouraging sexually active teens to use condoms.
Project messages are reinforced through ongoing activities conducted by specially-trained
peer leaders, including workshops in schools, community organizations, and
health centers, group discussions in teens' homes, presentations at large community
centers, and door-to-door canvassing. At all activities, condoms are available,
along with pamphlets explaining their correct use. In a field study of the
intervention in Boston, MA, researchers compared the sexual behavior of teens
in the target community and a similar, control community. At the 18-month follow-up
assessment, the intervention appeared to reduce the incidence of multiple sexual
partners among females and delay the onset of sexual activity among males. View
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