Staying Safe: Training IDUs in Strategies to Avoid HIV and HCV Infection
Funded by: National Institute on Drug Abuse
Project dates: August 2009 - December 2011
Principal Investigator: Mateu-Gelabert, Pedro
Co-Investigator: Friedman, Samuel
Co-Investigator: Gwadz, Marya
Co-Investigator: Hagan, Holly

Based on findings from an earlier Staying Safe study, the project developed a Staying Safe intervention curriculum to enhance people who inject drugs’ (PWID) capabilities to prevent HIV and HCV transmission. It helped PWIDs develop and implement long-term strategies to avoid contexts and circumstances associated with high-risk, as well as how to avoid risk behaviors when they are in these situations. The curriculum was pilot tested and examined for its acceptability, feasibility and safety and preliminary evidence of its efficacy. Findings will be used to develop a large-scale Staying Safe intervention study.

Abstract on NIH RePORTER