Healthy Relationships is a multisession, small-group, skills-building program for men and women living with HIV/AIDS. The program is designed to reduce participants’ stress related to safer sexual behaviors and disclosure of their serostatus to family, friends, and sex partners. The program is based on Social Cognitive Theory, which states that persons learn by observing other people successfully practice new behavior.
- Defining stress and reinforcing coping skills with HIV-positive people across three life areas:
- Disclosing to family and friends
- Disclosing to sex partners, and
- Building healthier and safer relationships
- Using modeling, role-play, and feedback to teach and practice skills related to coping with stress.
- Teaching decision-making skills around the issue of disclosure of HIV status.
- Providing participants with personal feedback reports to motivate a change of risky behaviors and continuance of protective behaviors.
- Using popular movie clips to set up scenarios around disclosure and risk reduction to stimulate discussions and role-plays.
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