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Atlanta, Georgia 30316


The IMARA Program will test the efficacy of a multi-session HIV Prevention program, adapted from an existing program(SiHLE), for incarcerated African American adolescent females.

Study summary:

African American adolescent females in youth detention centers are at high risk for HIV infection. There are, however, no evidence-based interventions (EBI) for this vulnerable population. The aim of this project is to develop and test a culturally and gender-appropriate sexual health education program designed to promote HIV preventive sexual behaviors among African American adolescent females in youth detention centers. The study will be conducted in four stages: (1) adaptation of SiHLE intervention; (2) pilot adapted intervention; (3) revisions to adapted intervention, measures, and implementation; and (4) implementation and evaluation. We will work closely with the Metro Regional Youth Detention Center (RYDC), in Atlanta, Georgia for all four stages of the project. The first stage, adaptation of SiHLE intervention, will be implemented using data collected from a prior study and with use of Community and Teen Advisory Boards (CAB and TAB). The pilot intervention will be completed with 20 participants from Metro RYDC and will test recruitment and retention strategies, the adapted intervention, and all measures. Revisions will be made based on findings from the pilot. For stage four, implementation and evaluation, we propose to recruit 350 unmarried African American adolescent females, 13-17 years of age, from Metro RYDC. While at the Metro RYDC, adolescents will be invited to participate in the proposed study. All adolescents will be required to have verbal informed parental/guardian consent and complete signed assent forms. Adolescents who are eligible and willing to participate in the project will complete an initial survey conducted on a computer(ACASI). The survey is designed to assess adolescents' sexual risk and preventive behaviors. After they complete the survey, adolescents will then be assigned, by chance alone, to receive either the adapted SiHLE intervention or the control condition. All adolescents will complete 3 individual sessions implemented by an African American health educator. As we anticipate the participants will be released prior to the follow-up assessment, adolescents will come to a central community site to complete follow-up interviews at 3 and 6-months after completing their initial survey. We will also obtain a self-collected vaginal swab specimen to test for chlamydia and gonorrhea. We will compare the new adapted SiHLE intervention, IMARA, to the control condition in its ability to maintain or enhance adolescents' use of HIV prevention behaviors. If successful, the findings could have important implications for HIV prevention in this vulnerable population.


Inclusion Criteria: - Female - African American - Ages 13-17 - Sexually experienced - Incarcerated at least 2 days and released to a non-restrictive setting - Parent/guardian consent - Assent Exclusion Criteria: - Married - Pregnant



Primary Contact:

Principal Investigator
Ralph J. DiClemente, PhD
Emory University

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Location Contact:

Atlanta, Georgia 30316
United States

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Site Status: N/A

Data Source: ClinicalTrials.gov

Date Processed: October 09, 2019

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