How did we recruit?

Recruiters for the California Partners Study attended Community Health Fairs, consortia/community/council meetings, and conferences on HIV prevention. We also conducted targeted outreach and agency presentations, and conducted direct recruitment at clinics/health department/needle exchanges.

At the health fairs we usually set up a table with Partners Study information. The information consisted of flyers, pamphlets, cards, and a description about the study. The primary objective, while at these fairs, was to tell attendees about the study. This not only required that we got the attention of anyone passing by our table but that we visited other tables and told other vendors or agencies who we were and what we were doing, so that they could send potential study participants to our table.

Where did we recruit?

We worked with participants in their own communities to make our study convenient for participants by not making them travel to San Francisco. Also, we wanted to link participants and provide referrals to services in their area that they could use after our study was over. If the intervention is successful it will have already been implemented in an agency setting.

We saw participants in the following counties:

  • Alameda
  • Contra Costa
  • Marin
  • Mendocino
  • Merced
  • Monterey
  • Napa
  • San Benito
  • San Francisco
  • San Joaquin
  • Santa Clara
  • Santa Cruz
  • San Mateo
  • Solano
  • Sonoma
  • Stanislaus
  • Yolo

Who did we target?

Couples at risk for HIV transmission:

  • Male/Female couples who are HIV-serodiscordant
  • Couples who are sexually active

Other Recruitment Considerations:

  • We actively recruited couples of color (Latinos and African Americans)
  • Active IDUs were welcomed
  • Pregnant women were welcomed
  • Female post-op transgender people were welcomed (Males had to be biological males)
  • Participants spoke English or Spanish
  • Participants must have been 18 years old or more
  • Couples where both partners were HIV+ and high risk were referred to the Biological Study

Who participated?

As of July 1999, over 415 couples have been screened for CPS II, and of those, 156 couples have been seen for the intake/baseline visit for the main behavioral intervention study.

As of July 1999, 102 couples are followed for one year. Of the 204 participants (from the 102 couples):

  • 39% are African American, 35% are White or Caucasian,10% are Hispanic or Latino, and 13% are of Mixed ethnic background.
  • 47% live in San Franciso, 17% in Alameda county, 8% in Contra Costa County, and the remaining participants come from various other Bay Area counties.
  • 25% are current IDU.
  • in 52% of the couples, the woman is the infected partner.

In addition, we have seen 33 couples for the Qualitative Substudy and 63 couples for the Biological Substudy.

Last modified: January 20, 2011