Sexual safety planning as an HIV prevention strategy for survivors of domestic violence

Jill Foster, Ana Núñez, Susan Spencer, Judith Wolf, Candace Robertson-James

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Abstract

Victims of domestic violence (DV) are not only subject to physical and emotional abuse but may also be at increased risk for less recognized dangers from infection with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and other sexually transmitted pathogens. Because of the close link between DV and sexual risk, women need to be educated about the consequences of acquiring a life-threatening sexually transmitted infection, risk reduction measures, and how to access appropriate HIV services for diagnosis and treatment. It is therefore critical for DV workers to receive sufficient training about the link between DV and HIV risk so that sexual safety planning can be incorporated into activities with their clients in the same way as physical safety plans. In this article, we discuss how the Many Hands Working Together project provides interactive training for workers in DV and DV-affiliated agencies to increase their knowledge about HIV and teach sexual safety planning skills to achieve HIV risk reduction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)623-629
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Women's Health
Volume25
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2016
Externally publishedYes

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