Healthy Love

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Healthy Love is a single session, evidence-based, safer sex intervention developed for African American women. It is delivered to small groups of women that share a social connection (e.g., friends, sororities, neighborhoods, etc.) in settings of their choosing. 

The goals of Healthy Love are to reduce unprotected sex with male partners and the number of sex partners and to increase sexual abstinence, consistent use of condoms and other protective barriers, and the number of women who get tested for HIV and receive their test results. The intervention achieves these goals by increasing participants’ HIV/AIDS and STD knowledge, positive attitudes towards sex/sexuality, risk perception, condom use/negotiation skills, and self-efficacy to increase safer sex or protective behaviors for HIV/AIDS and STD prevention. 

Healthy Love logoThe Healthy Love intervention is a 3-4 hour session that consists of 12 activities that comprise three intervention categories: Setting the Tone, The Facts, and Safer Sex. Two culturally competent female facilitators deliver the intervention to groups of women ranging from 5-14 participants in an informal setting of the group's choosing that provides a confidential and conducive learning environment. Healthy Love provides participants with HIV/STD-related facts, a personalized risk assessment, condom negotiation techniques, and multiple condom use skills-building activities delivered in a fun, sex-positive environment. The intervention activities include discussions, demonstrations, role plays, and skills-building opportunities. Safer sex kits (containing condoms, dental dams, personal lubricants and educational materials) as well as an optional HIV testing opportunity are provided to participants as the end of the interactive session.

Healthy Love is based on the Health Belief Model and Social Cognitive Theory. The intervention specifically targets African American women, 18 years of age and older, who are not pregnant or intending to become pregnant in the next 6 months. Even though Healthy Love was only tested with African American women, the intervention also may be tailored for women of other races/ethnicities and groups of women with mixed ethnicities.

Important CDC Update: 

The CDC’s strategy for High Impact HIV Prevention involves prioritizing and implementing an optimal combination of cost-effective, scalable interventions based on the current state of the science.  This shift should help improve the effectiveness of HIV prevention efforts, reduce HIV incidence, and ultimately increase the possibility of achieving an AIDS-free America.  In its ongoing effort to align HIV prevention resources with current surveillance data and this strategy, the Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention (DHAP) at CDC will not offer trainings or capacity building assistance on the following evidence-based interventions (EBIs) after April 1, 2013: AIM, ¡Cuídate!, Focus on Youth, Nia, SIHLE, SISTA, and Street Smart. The Division also will not offer trainings or capacity building assistance on new EBIs, such as Healthy Love. Some health departments or other funders may continue to support implementation of these EBIs, and the implementation materials for all these interventions will remain on www.effectiveinterventions.org and be available for download. If you have additional questions about this issue, please contact interventions@danya.com.

How to request Healthy Love training and technical assistance

As listed above, CDC will not offer training or capacity building for Healthy Love. If Healthy Love training is desired, you may contact SisterLove, the developers of Healthy Love to make individual arrangements to obtain training. All costs associated with receiving Healthy Love training will be paid by the requesting agency or individual. A printer friendly version of the SisterLove staff contact list is available under More Info...Relevant Links.

SisterLove, Inc.
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 10558, Atlanta, Georgia 30310-1731
Physical Address: LoveHouse (Headquarters) 3709 Bakers Ferry Rd, SW, Atlanta, Georgia 30331-3714
Telephone: 404.505.7777
Toll Free: 866.750.7733
Fax: 404.505.0003
Email: info@sisterlove.org
Website: http://sisterlove.org/

Dazon Dixon Diallo
President/CEO
Email: ddiallo@sisterlove.org

Lisa Diane White
Director of Programs
Email: LWhite@SisterLove.org

L. Nyrobi N. Moss
Health Education Programs Manager/Sexual Health Educator and Staff Trainer
Email: nmoss@sisterlove.org

Research and Development

Diallo, D. D., Moore, T. W., Ngalame, P. M., White, L. D., Herbst, J. H., & Painter, T. M. (2010). Efficacy of a single-session HIV prevention intervention for black women: A group randomized controlled trial. AIDS and Behavior, 14, 518-529.

Program Review Panel Information

The CDC requires all CDC-funded agencies using the Healthy Love intervention to identify, or establish, and utilize a Program Review Panel and complete Form 0.1113 to document this activity. The intervention researchers and developers are not involved in this activity. This is a CDC requirement for their grantees, and all questions in this regard should be directed to your agency's CDC Project Officer or to the health department funding your agency's implementation of the intervention.

The Program Review Panel guidelines, instructions for completion of Form 0.113, and the form itself are available under the Related Links section of the this website.

CDC Policy on Youth Peer Outreach Workers

CDC funded (directly or indirectly) agencies using youth (either paid or volunteer) in program outreach activities need to use caution and judgment in the venues/situations where youth workers are placed. Agencies should give careful consideration to the "age appropriateness" of the activity or venue. Additionally, agencies should comply with all relevant laws and regulations regarding entrance into adult establishments/environments. Laws and curfews should be clearly outlined in required safety protocols developed and implemented by agencies directly and indirectly funded by CDC.

If you have specific questions, please contact your CDC Project Officer.

For more information on the Healthy Love Intervention Package, please contact:

Dazon Dixon Diallo at SisterLove, Inc., P.O. Box 10558, Atlanta, Georgia 30310 Phone: 404-505-7777
Email: ddiallo@sisterlove.org

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Healthy Love Content Core Elements

  • Provide basic HIV/AIDS and STD education.
  • Provide basic facts about condoms and other safer sex tools. 
  • Provide information on correct steps for male and female condom application and condom negotiation techniques. 

Healthy Love Pedagogical Core Elements

  • Normalize attitudes about sex and sexuality through open communication to reduce sexual stigma.
  • Conduct a personal risk assessment to increase participants' self-awareness of personal risk behaviors.
  • Provide demonstrations and practice opportunities to build skills for correct condom use. 

Healthy Love Implementation Core Elements

  • Implement Healthy Love with a skilled group facilitator who: 1.) is the same gender as the target population; 2.) possesses a cultural understanding of and can relate to the group receiving the intervention; 3.) has training and experience in HIV/AIDS and STD prevention, sexual/reproductive health, and health education; 4.) can demonstrate use of safer sex materials and tools and facilitate role-plays and skills practice taught in Healthy Love; 5.) is engaging, energetic, and fun; and 6.) can create a safe, culturally appropriate, and nonjudgmental environment to facilitate open discussions about sex and sexuality.