Healthy Choices Intervention is Associated with Reductions in Stigma Among Youth Living with HIV in the United States (ATN 129).

TitleHealthy Choices Intervention is Associated with Reductions in Stigma Among Youth Living with HIV in the United States (ATN 129).
Publication TypePublication
Year of Publication2021
AuthorsBudhwani H, Robles G, Starks TJ, MacDonell KKolmodin, Dinaj V, Naar S
JournalAIDS Behav
Volume25
Issue4
Pagination1094-1102
Date Published2021 Apr
ISSN1573-3254
KeywordsAdolescent, Health Status, HIV Infections, Humans, Social Stigma, United States
Abstract

<p>Considering the lack of validated stigma reduction interventions for youth living with HIV (YLWH), we evaluated effects of the Healthy Choices intervention on HIV-related stigma among YLWH. We analyzed data from the Adolescent Medicine Trials Network protocol 129, multi-site randomized controlled trial, applying latent growth curve modeling with two linear slopes estimating changes in Berger's Stigma Scale pre-intervention, 16, 28, and 52 weeks post-intervention, as well as the trajectory of stigma scores over the follow-up period (N = 183). Expected value for the growth intercept was statistically significant (B = 2.53; 95% CI 2.32, 2.73; p < 0.001), as were differences in the change from baseline to 16-week follow-up (B = - 0.02; 95% CI - 0.04, 0.01; p = 0.034). Expected value of the slope factor measuring growth over the follow-up period was non-significant suggesting that stigma scores were stable from 28 to 52 weeks. Our findings warrant replication and additional research comparing effects of this intervention to counterfactual controls.</p>

DOI10.1007/s10461-020-03071-1
Alternate JournalAIDS Behav
PubMed ID33098483
PubMed Central IDPMC7979460
Grant ListK01 MH116737 / MH / NIMH NIH HHS / United States
R01AA022891 / DA / NIDA NIH HHS / United States
U19HD089875 / / Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development /
U19 HD089875 / HD / NICHD NIH HHS / United States
R01 AA022891 / AA / NIAAA NIH HHS / United States
K01MH116737 / MH / NIMH NIH HHS / United States