Participatory Learning - 33% Reduction in the Incidence of HSV-2
HIV prevention and sexual health improvement intervention using participatory learning approaches to build knowledge, risk awareness, and communication skills and to stimulate critical reflection
Stepping Stones was associated with a reduction of about 33% in the incidence of herpes simplex virus (HSV-2) (adjusted incidence rate ratio 0.67, 95% confidence interval (CI) 0.46-0.97; P=0.036) - that is, it reduced the number of new HSV-2 infections over a 2-year period by 34.9 (95% CI 1.6-68.2) per 1,000 people exposed. However, there was no evidence that Stepping Stones lowered the incidence of HIV (adjusted incidence rate ratio 0.95, 95% CI 0.67-1.35).
Country of study
BMJ: British Medical Journal; 2008
Journal paper title and link
Impact of stepping stones on incidence of HIV and HSV-2 and sexual behaviour in rural South Africa: cluster randomised controlled trial
Excerpt from Abstract
"Stepping Stones did not reduce incidence of HIV but had an impact on several risk factors for HIV - notably, HSV-2 and perpetration of intimate partner violence."
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