Developed for use in public health clinics, PROJECT S.A.F.E. is a three session cognitive-behavioral intervention
designed to reduce STD infections among Hispanic and African American women. Sessions are designed to facilitate skill development to avoid infections while increasing awareness
that STDs (including AIDS) disproportionately affect minority women. The intervention also helps build decision-making and communication skills, and encourages participants to
set risk reduction goals. Participants gain mastery through role-play, group discussion, and behavioral skills exercises.
The original evaluation, conducted in metropolitan San Antonio, TX, between 1993 and 1994, included 617 Hispanic and African American women. Participants were randomly assigned
to either the intervention group (n=313) or the control group (n=304). Intervention group participants took part in three small-group participants took part in three small-group
sessions while their control group counterparts received standard STD counseling. Program participants showed a lower rate of infection as well as a better understanding of
risky sexual behavior as compared to the control group at the six- and twelve-month follow-up points.
PROJECT S.A.F.E. is suitable for use in STD clinics and other community organizations that provide education or
14-45 years of age; 71% under 24, 100% female
31% African-American, 69% Hispanic American
Each of the three sessions is designed to last 3-4 hours. To help ensure program effectiveness, sessions should be held
one week aprt (i.e., three sessions in three weeks)
Owing to the cultural and gender-specific nature of the intervention, the facilitator should be female of the same
ethnicity as the participants. One session calls for the participation of a male group leader. The Facilitatorís Manual provides detailed instruction to help implement the curriculum.