An Evidence-Based Practice
The ¡Cuídate! (Take Care of Yourself) program is a HIV reduction intervention for Latino youth. Small, mixed-gender groups receive HIV education and risk-reduction skills in six, 60-minute modules delivered in schools over two consecutive Saturdays. The program uses cultural beliefs such as the importance of family and gender-role expectations to present condom use and abstinence as acceptable and effective ways to prevent sexually transmitted diseases. Cuídate, offered in English and Spanish, utilizes role playing, videos, music, group discussion, interactive games, and hands-on practice to understand risk of infection and build skills for safer sex practices.
Goal / Mission
The goal of Cuídate is to reduce HIV transmission among Latino youth through culturally tailored programming.
Results / Accomplishments
The Cuídate intervention results in safer sexual practices. At 3-, 6-, and 12-month follow-ups, the more than 300 participants in the program were significantly less likely to report sexual intercourse (p < 0.05), multiple partners (p < 0.05), or days of unprotected sexual intercourse (p < 0.05) when compared to a control group provided general health education. Intervention participants were more likely to report using condoms consistently when compared to those who did not participate in the program (p < 0.05). Among Spanish speaking participants those in the intervention group had a greater proportion of protected sex (p < 0.01) and were more likely to have used a condom at last sex (p < 0.05).
About this Promising Practice
- Primary Contact
- Dr. Antonia M. Villarruel
University of Michigan, School of Nursing
400 N. Ingalls, Room 4320
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Health / Immunizations & Infectious Diseases
Health / Teen & Adolescent Health
- University of Michigan School of Nursing
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Date of publication
- Date of implementation
- Philadelphia, PA
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- Target Audience
- Teens, Racial/Ethnic Minorities