Peer Mentor Intervention

Ten-session Intervention

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 1 – Introduction to Program

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
Group Composition
Years since HIV Diagnosis (mean = 8 years):
Less than 3 years 12%

Sessions 2 & 3: Health Care Utilization, Adherence & Relationship with Providers

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: Communication Skills & Peer Mentoring

Session 4 set-up the framework for peer monitoring and focused on peer-to-peer educational interactions and communication.

Session 5: Harm Reduction for Sexual and Drug Risk

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.

Sessions 6-8: HIV Disclosure & Responsibility

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 9: Peer Volunteer Activity

Session 10: Graduation

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