Safe in the City (SITC) is a 23-minute HIV/STD
prevention video for STD clinic waiting rooms. This video has been
shown to be effective in reducing sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)
among diverse groups of STD clinic patients. Safe in the City aims to
increase condom use and other safer sex behaviors, and thereby reduce
infections among patients who view the video in the clinic waiting
Safe in the City can be easily integrated into
the clinic waiting room, requires very little staff time to set up with
no disruption to clinic flow, and requires no counseling or small-group
facilitation. Safe in the City was designed as a looping video where
multiple playback options allow users to customize intervention
Get the Safe in the City kit here.
Safe in the City Net Meeting - (Archived)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Denver Health
& Hospital Authority, with assistance from the Academy for
Educational Development (AED), held a one-hour Safe in the City Net
April 15, 2009, 2:00 PM EST
View & listen to the net meeting. (Windows Media File).
Get quick facts and updates on the Safe in the City intervention here.
Research and Development
L., Klausner, J.D., Rietmeijer, C.A., Malotte, C.K., O'Donnell, L.,
Margolis, A.D., Greenwood, G.L., Richardson, D., Vrungos, S.,
O'Donnell, C.R., and Borkowf, C.B., for the Safe in the City Study
Group (2008). Effect of a Brief Video Intervention on Incident
Infection among Patients Attending Sexually Transmitted Disease
Clinics. PLoS Medicine 5(6): e135.
Review the Safe in the City research article here.
Interested in hearing Safe in the City podcasts? (media player required)
Dr. John Douglas, Director of CDC Division of STD Prevention speaks about the Safe in the City RemoveElementstudy findings. Listen to Dr. John's podcast or read Dr. John's transcript.
Lee Warner, Senior Scientist in the CDC Division for Reproductive
Health, and the article's lead author, discusses the Safe in the City
intervention and the study's results. Listen to Dr. Lee's podcast or read Dr. Lee's transcript.
Program Review Panel Information
CDC requires all CDC-funded agencies using the Safe in the City
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 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
The Program Review Panel guidelines, instructions for completion of Form 0.113, and the form itself are available under the Related Links section of 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.