|Session I||Group Workshop||Introduction to Peer Mentoring|
|Session II||Group Workshop||Health Care Decision-Making, Disclosing HIV Status to Providers|
|Session III||Individual Meeting||Your Relationship to HIV Care, HIV Medications and Adherence|
|Session IV||Group Workshop||Peer Mentoring: Talking to Peers|
|Session V||Group Workshop||Introduction to Harm Reduction, Sex, Drugs and HIV Risk|
|Session VI||Group Workshop||Disclosing Status to Partners, Taking Responsibility for Protecting Partners|
|Session VII||Individual Meeting||Barriers to Protecting Partners, Strategies to Overcome Barriers|
|Session VIII||Group Workshop||Male and Female Condom Demo Condom Use Skills-Building, Negotiating Condom Use|
|Session IX||Individual Activity||Peer Volunteer Activity: Participation in an AIDS Service Organization|
|Session X||Group Workshop||Debrief from Peer Volunteer Activity, Intervention Review, Plans for the Future|
Session One was designed to build group cohesion around HIV serostatus. It introduced the concept of the value of knowledge that is earned through lived experience and peer education skills.
Identity as HIV+ people
Years since HIV Diagnosis (mean = 8 years):
Less than 3 years 12%
Session 2 and 3 focused on the teaching the skills necessary to assess and evaluate health care including understanding and evaluating health care access and utilization, the patient-provider relationship, knowledge of community resources and drug use disclosure in health care settings.
Session 4 set-up the framework for peer monitoring and focused on peer-to-peer educational interactions and communication.
Session 5 focused on teaching relative risk for HIV transmission through drug use and sexual behavior between an HIV+ person and an uninfected partner. Session 5 taught the skills related to understanding and applying harm reduction strategies to sexual and drug use situations.
Session 6-8 focused on HIV responsibility and disclosure and how these may be linked. Skills building in groups focused on managing situations in which responsibility may be difficult to maintain or share with sexual and drug use partners.
Session 10 included a debrief from the Peer Volunteer Experience and a skills building exercise about sustaining risk reduction in the face on going obstacles. A full review of all the sessions was included, as well as a graduation ceremony and certification.
Last modified: February 7, 2011