Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

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Barrington C.,University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill | Donastorg Y.,Instituto Dermatologico Y Cirugia Of La Piel | Perez M.,Instituto Dermatologico Y Cirugia Of La Piel | Galai N.,Haifa University
AIDS and Behavior | Year: 2016

Female sex workers (FSW) are disproportionately affected by HIV. Yet, few interventions address the needs of FSW living with HIV. We developed a multi-level intervention, Abriendo Puertas (Opening Doors), and assessed its feasibility and effectiveness among a cohort of 250 FSW living with HIV in the Dominican Republic. We conducted socio-behavioral surveys and sexually transmitted infection and viral load testing at baseline and 10-month follow-up. We assessed changes in protected sex and adherence to antiretroviral therapy (ART) with logistic regression using generalized estimating equations. Significant pre-post intervention changes were documented for adherence (72–89 %; p < 0.001) and protected sex (71–81 %; p < 0.002). Higher intervention exposure was significantly associated with changes in adherence (AOR 2.42; 95 % CI 1.23–4.51) and protected sex (AOR 1.76; 95 % CI 1.09–2.84). Illicit drug use was negatively associated with both ART adherence and protected sex. Abriendo Puertas is feasible and effective in improving behavioral HIV outcomes in FSW living with HIV. © 2016 Springer Science+Business Media New York

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