Couple-Based Behavioral HIV Interventions by the Social Intervention Group: Progress, Gaps, and Future Directions

Nabila El-Bassel, Tim Hunt, Dawn A. Goddard-Eckrich, Mingway Chang, Tara R. McCrimmon, Trena Mukherjee, Robert H. Remien, Assel Terlikbayeva, Sholpan Primbetova, Alissa Davis, Tina Jiwatram-Negrón, Shoshana N. Benjamin, Susan S. Witte, Elwin Wu, Louisa Gilbert

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    Purpose: This paper reports a review of couple-based behavioral HIV interventions conducted by the Social Intervention Group (SIG); and addresses gaps, future directions, and implications for couple-based HIV interventions. Method: We performed a literature review for SIG research on intervention and prevention studies involving couples/partners. Results: We identified nine couple-based interventions. Outcomes included reduced sexual and substance use-related risk behaviors and improved use of anti-retroviral treatment. We conducted these studies in diverse venues, including needle/syringe exchange programs, primary care clinics, and criminal justice settings. Conclusions: The findings of this review provide strong evidence for the efficacy of couple-based HIV interventions in reducing sexual HIV risks and linkage to HIV and substance-use treatment. SIG has advanced couple-based HIV intervention research science by improving study design, intervention core components, conceptual models, and implementation strategies; which have informed scientific directions and transformed couple-based HIV prevention research.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    JournalResearch on Social Work Practice
    StateAccepted/In press - 2022


    • behavioral intervention
    • couple-based
    • drug-use
    • HIV
    • implementation science
    • prevention

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
    • Sociology and Political Science
    • Psychology(all)


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