Community collaborative youth-focused HIV/AIDS prevention in South Africa and Trinidad: Preliminary findings

Donna R. Baptiste, Arvin Bhana, Inge Petersen, Mary McKay, Dexter Voisin, Carl Bell, Dona D. Martinez

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Background: South Africa and Trinidad and Tobago are disproportionately impacted by high rates of HIV/AIDS among adolescents. Objective: The article describes the HIV crises in these countries; outlines a community participatory research framework to adapt and deliver family-based prevention; and presents preliminary data from intervention pilots in each setting. Methods: Adapted interventions were piloted with N = 140 families in South Africa and N = 16 families in Trinidad and Tobago to refine recruitment and retention efforts and to assess the adapted interventions' impact on family and risk-related constructs. Results: Both settings reported promising results including high recruitment and retention and favourable pre to post changes in parent/youth frequency and comfort in talking about sensitive subjects, HIV transmission knowledge and attitudes about persons with HIV/AIDS. Conclusion: International HIV-prevention alliances are increasing. Such alliances are challenged by trust issues, power-differentials and ideological differences. Recommendations are provided on how some challenges can be overcome.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)905-916
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Pediatric Psychology
Issue number9
StatePublished - Oct 2006


  • Adolescent HIV/AIDS
  • Community collaboration
  • International HIV/AIDS prevention
  • South Africa
  • Trinidad and Tobago


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