Adapting an HIV/STDs Prevention Curriculum to Fit the Needs of Women With Alcohol Problems

Y. Joon Choi, Diane M. Langhorst, Sarah Meshberg-Cohen, Dace S. Svikis

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Alcohol- and drug-dependent women are at increased risk for HIV/STDs. This article discusses how a prevention curriculum, Safer Sex Skill Building (SSB), designed to reduce the contraction of HIV and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) among drug-abusing women, could be modified to fit the needs of alcohol-abusing women in a residential treatment program. Authors modified the SSB by incorporating feedback from expert consultants as well as by engaging study participants in revising the therapy manual to create a curriculum that speaks to participants' experiences. Specific steps to assist those who would want to adapt an empirically based manual-driven treatment intervention are provided.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)352-374
Number of pages23
JournalJournal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • HIV/STDs prevention curriculum
  • alcohol problems
  • curriculum adaptation
  • sexual risk behaviors
  • women

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Rehabilitation


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